Communication Studies Publication


In the last decade, from a communicative point of view,  a lot of novelties and changes shaped the traditional public sphere,  Donald Trump’s election in the United States of America,  the Brexits, the rising of  the several xenophobic and ultra-nationalist threats emerging in different geographical and political contexts, the  populism phenomena, as well as the te debate on Cyber surveillance, counter-information, and the so-called “fake news” has drawn attention to some dystopian portrays conceived in the 20th Century which is now being considered an appropriate depiction of democracy and political communication’s new pathologies. The book joins together researchers from Communication Sciences and related areas (Political Science, Political Theory, Political Philosophy, Political Sociology, Arts, and others), with particular emphasis on those interested in political communication around a unifying common axis: the pathologies and dysfunctions of democracy, in media contexts, in different aspects of their involvement with the media such as the media representation of these pathologies and dysfunctions;  the impact of the media in the functioning of democratic institutions; the interference of political agents in journalistic information; the relationship between media and political institutions in the processes of public opinion building. Particularly, on this volume one addresses to the topic of surveillance.  Within digital social networks and infotainment, invisibility, the right to be forgotten, and the reserve of a private life acquire an almost subversive nature in an age defined by hiper-communication. Simultaneously, the media staging of power mobilizes protagonists to a reality in which rationality and public responsibility are confronted with multiple risks of scandal arising from a permanent state of collective scrutiny. “Scandalogy” is a concept already used to project the study of image crisis’ phenomena, increasingly emerging due to the opportunities of political exposure.


João Carlos Correia, Anabela Gradim e Ricardo Morais (Eds.)


LabCom Books






Part 1 - Hyper-surveillance, control mechanisms, and digital politics - 9

Algorithmic media and democracy: power and resistance under datafication - 11
Dimitra L. Milioni

Truth without depth, hope without a horizon – The dystopia of discourse in “Without Sky” - 39
Jorge Palinhos

The control of screens and collective imagination. TV news and contemporary activism in Portugal - 53
Naíde Müller

Networked authoritarianism in Russia and its position on public debates in social media: the case of Instagram Flash mob - 75
Daria Dergacheva

Fake profiles: the laugh, the derision, the reverse - 91
Heloisa Prates Pereira & Vinicius Prates

Communicative silences in political communication - 109
Samuel Mateus

Fahrenheit 451: The temperature at which democracy burns - 135
Bruno D. de Brito Serra

Scandology: viewpoints, public discourse and mediated construction - 149
Hélder Prior