In March 2020, a video of Italian mayors scolding citizens for failing to stay at home went viral. Only ostensibly insignificant, these clickable white men reveal new forms and affects of digital governance at the heart of twenty-first century politics.
In France, government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic inspire conspiracy theories and social confinement is perceived as capitalism’s threat to French society.
China’s government-funded language and culture programs are one of the country’s most ubiquitous globalization projects and aim to smooth a path to superpower status. But, we would do well to avoid assumptions about the transfer of power that happens through soft power policy.
What sets apart Obama’s “Yes, we can” from most of the current Democratic candidates’ slogans?