Dialogues and Polarisation in the Mediated Public Sphere. Theory and practice of (Im)probable Communication



In recent years, there has been growing concern about the role of media in shaping public discourse and exacerbating polarization. Political, social, and cultural divides have been deepening, and the quality of public dialogue has been deteriorating, as people increasingly consume news and information from ideologically aligned sources and engage in filter bubbles and echo chambers. This phenomenon raises crucial questions about the nature of communication in the mediated public sphere. How can we foster dialogue and exchange in an environment where opinions and perspectives are increasingly entrenched? What are the factors that contribute to or hinder effective communication across divides? How do media platforms and algorithms shape the way we perceive and engage with the world?

Biografias Autor

Joan Pedro-Carañana, Complutense University of Madrid

Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and New Media at Complutense University of Madrid. Member of the board of the Unión Latina de Economía Política de la Información, la Comunicación y Cultura-Spanish chapter (ULEPICC-España) and member of the research group Semiótica, Comunicación y Cultura. He has co-edited five books, including The Propaganda Model Today: Filtering Perception and Awareness, Communicative Justice in the Pluriverse: An International Dialogue, and Political Economy of Media and Communication. Methodological Approaches. His research interests revolve around the role of culture, communication and education in social change.

Ángel Carrasco-Campos, University of Valladolid

Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Master’s Degree in Communication with Social Purposes at the University of Valladolid (Segovia Campus). He is member of the Group of Advanced Studies in Communication (GEAC – www.geac.es) and President of the Spanish national chapter of the Latin Union for Political Economy of Information, Communication and Culture (ULEPICC-España – www.ulepicc.es). His main research lines are on critical theory of communication and culture, sociology and epistemology of social sciences, and meta-research on communication.

M. Cruz Tornay-Márquez, Nebrija University

Associate Professor in the Department of Education at Nebrija University. Member of the research group Grupo Interdisciplinario de Estudios en Comunicación, Política y Cambio Social (COMPOLÍTICAS), and member of the Research Network on Community, Alternative, and Participatory Communication (RICCAP-España). Her research interests focus on gender perspective communication and communication for social change.