Post-authentic Engagement with Alternative Political Commentary on YouTube and Twitch

Daniël Hans Marinus Jurg, Dieuwertje Luitse, Saskia Pouwels, Marc Tuters, Ivan Kisjes

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The authors examine authenticity in relation to Alternative Political Commentators (APCs) on YouTube and Twitch. Drawing on Owens (2019) provocative claim that contemporary (online) culture may be ‘post-authentic’, the authors use the term post-authentic engagement to explore in/out-group dynamics between influencers and their audiences. This view is evidenced through an examination of the usage of emojis and emotes by audiences to engage in the fast-paced chats that accompanied the livestream coverage of two APCs, HasanAbi and The Young Turks, during the 2020 US Presidential Election.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultures of Authenticity
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-80117-936-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-80117-937-9
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2022


  • Post-authenticity
  • Political influencers
  • Twitch
  • YouTube
  • US Politics
  • Presidential elections


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