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European Media Platforms: Assessing Positive and Negative Externalities for European Culture (EUMEPLAT), Horizon 2020 project, March 2021 February 2024

The role of the media landscape in the evolution of societal institutions, politics and democracy itself, has come to attract new attention with the rise of populism and new authoritarian movements coming out against globalisation and regional integration. In Europe, dire questions have arisen regarding the lack of European identity in media communication, as a complement to vigorous national, regional and local coverage. A new Horizon 2020-project, EUMEPLAT, addresses these issues, revising the ongoing transformation of media in Europe and how it related to the major societal challenges of our time.

The kick-off meeting, which had to be arranged on-line due to the ongoing pandemic, took place in on March 1-3, 2021.

EUMEPLAT takes into account the "platformization" process, so as to inquire its positive and negative externalities, functional and dis-functional consequences in three fields: news, video sharing and media representations. Important questions addressed include, e.g., whether or not new platforms - YouTube, Netflix, NewsFeed - are making European culture more European, based on indicators related to production, consumption and representation. Patterns are examined by comparing national, regional and European level.

Addressing the variation between European subsystems, EUMEPLAT notably separates between the Mediterranean, Western, Eastern and Northern European frameworks. Here, IKED is responsible for analysing the media landscape of the Nordic region, including with consideration to the properties of a so-called Nordic corporatist model. We reflect on the origins and special nature of the political media model of Nordic countries, and how its features and influences have changed over time. Special consideration is paid to the influences of the public sector, political parties, professional competencies and financial influences on media channels such as TV, radio, newspapers, social media, etc.

Across the board, EUMRPLAT aims to identify best practices and provide policy-makers with a better understanding of critical aspects of contemporary media landscape.

The next meeting among all partners of EUMEPLAT will take place in Milan in the last week of July, 2021.

The EUMEPLAT partners in brief:

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