Een Belgenmop? Over de rol van media en humor bij politieke conflicten (A Belgian Joke? On the Role of Media and Humor in Political Conflicts) (in Dutch)
Tijdschrift Conflicthantering, No. 2, pp. 27-34, 2010
8 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2011 Last revised: 3 Apr 2011
Date Written: December 31, 2009
The Belgian Conflict between Dutch speaking Flemish and Francophones has a long history that has come to a culmination point with the political and institutional crisis since June 2007. After a brief analysis of the conflict, this article focus is on the role of the media in such conflict. Media in the North and the South of Belgium are separated and serve only their own Dutch speaking or Francophone community. Their role and influence on the public opinion as gatekeepers who select and frame the information is substantial. This paper explores the role of humor in conflicts and its different. It suggests a model for de-escalation urging the Belgian media to use both humor and serious modus in a de-escalating way.
This article is a shortened version in Dutch of a more lengthy study that appeared in the Marquette Law Review, Fall 2009, p. 139-171
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Keywords: Conflict Management, Humor, Media, Flemish and Walloons, Belgium
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