A Mythic-Symbolic Perspective on Politics

Sandu Frunza

Abstract


In an era of generalized communication, democratic societies cannot escape the radical changes that the development of different types of communication claims. Political communication determines new types of political practice and adhesion. As in the case of postmodern communication in general, in political communication, expressions of symbolic communication characteristic for traditional societies are still being used, even if those expressions are presented as contemporary symbolic constructs, as for example the construct of postmodern tribes. This text focuses on how these elements are highlighted in the socio-analysis of Vasile Sebastian Dincu, one of the most renowned experts in the Romanian political culture. The public space, shaped in the past by the intellectual elite, bearer of values and symbolic conscience, is being seized by television stars, by the online communication specialists. This leads to new fragmentations in and coagulation of political space, and to a prevalence of sentimentalities, mythical stories, and mystical experiences at the expense of rationality, civic involvement and ideologies. The new configuration of political groups of interest and the new ways of adhesion typical for political followers belonging to the Facebook generation are regarded from a mythic symbolic mentality which links them to a behavior and a kind of solidarity characterizing tribal groups which are acting on a postmodern political scene.


Keywords


Vasile Sebastian Dincu, postmodern tribes, political tribalism, political communication, mythologizing, the Facebook generation, symbolic voices, totemic conscience, marginalization of intellectuals, ideology

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