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Sanna Turoma
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Kaarina Aitamurto
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Maarit Elo-Valente
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Past Aleksanteri Conferences

Kamilla Nigmatullina (Saint Petersburg State University, Russia)

Josef M. Dzyaloshinsky (Higher School of Economics, Russia)

Ruzanna Ivanian (Saint Petersburg State University, Russia)

Sergey V. Kurushkin (Saint Petersburg State University, Russia)

Viktor Hrul (Moscow State University, Russia)

Panel abstract: Communicative Aggression - the Cultural Platform and Political Choice

In the modern media sphere, we observe obvious increase of consolidated social and cultural exclusion provoked by any manifestation of otherness. In these circumstances, the role of the institute of culture is objectively equated to the most important political factors; culture, in its media expression, exists in the reflexive interaction with both internal and external environment of mass communication, calling for social discussion of issues of cultural identity and political choice. Today, Russia is facing certain cultural challenges dictated by political agendas, as well as the situation of postmodernism in general. On the one hand, already familiar in the history of the XX century cultural foundations of "special way" in media are becoming topical, on the other hand, they have acquired a new quality under the influence of the technological transformation of the media sphere.

Aggressiveness became the main feature of intensified by mass media processes, encouraged both by the political elite and by society: modern media pointedly emphasize as the rejection of otherness, and the expression of social cohesion. Proclaimed during the presidency of Dmitry Medvedev policy of modernization, so necessary for the Russian economy and politics, turned into moral and aesthetic failures in culture sphere: an experiment for the sake of the experiment, the distortion of the classics, the loss of high aesthetic ideals, and condescending attitude towards primitivism. Feeling that elder artistic demands of actors of mass communications faltered, representatives of non-conformist audience segments also acquired a taste for aggressive performances (art-group "War", Pussy Riot group), on the one hand, and aggressive counteraction against them, on the other. The mood of society is resonated in media and mass communication in general, which can be interpreted as unwitting source of social tension.

Communicative aggression should not be considered outside the context of cultural profound, because it is formed not only by the current political practice, but also by a cultural platform of society. The origins of aggression is in the genesis of formation of ethnic core of culture, but its ability to become one of the causes of the cultural and political metamorphosis of mass communications has been most clearly revealed in the recent time.

Studying the phenomenon of communicative aggression, as one of the determinants of intellectual choice of Russia, brings to the fore questions of values of cultural memory and media interpretation of cultural heritage, as well as the political values of the new age, ethnic and cultural identity.