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Emerging Affinities: WikiLeaks in the Context of a Legitimation Crisis

  • Stephen M. E. Marmura
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Abstract

Over time, WikiLeaks has adjusted its strategies to take better advantage of a densely populated and globally networked media environment, and the larger reality of an ongoing political legitimation crisis. By directing attention to injustices associated with free trade and the security state, the whistle-blower platform has provided fodder for foreign news operations such as Russia Today, progressive alternative platforms like Democracy Now and The Young Turks and right-wing populist and/or conspiracy-oriented news forums like Breitbart and InfoWars. In the process WikiLeaks has been able to deliver its message of an ostensibly corrupt and broken political/economic order to divergent audiences in a way compatible with its anarchist agenda.

Keywords

Legitimation crisis Distrust Media fragmentation Strategy Conspiracy theories 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen M. E. Marmura
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  1. 1.Department of SociologySt. Francis Xavier UniversityAntigonishCanada

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