Domestic Digital Diplomacy: Digital Disruption at the Macro and Micro Levels

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Abstract

Studies examining the digital disruption of diplomacy focus on the micro level of diplomats’ working routines. This article investigates the new practice of ‘domestic digital diplomacy’ to explore interactions between micro- and macro-level disruptions. The practice of domestic digital diplomacy stems from the digital disruption of government ministries that embrace an outward-looking stance. Domestic digital diplomacy also impacts society as diplomats create a prism through which citizens can make sense of their world. Few studies have investigated how ministries of foreign affairs (MFAs) create such a domestic prism. This study addresses this gap by analysing the images shared on Twitter by the British Foreign Office following Brexit. Using Barthes’s semiotic approach to image analysis, this study demonstrates that MFAs can use images to shape their citizens’ worldviews, values and beliefs. The study concludes that investigating digital disruption in diplomacy requires that scholars focus on interactions between micro- and macro-level disruptions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-39
Number of pages39
JournalThe Hague Journal of Diplomacy
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023

Keywords

  • digital diplomacy
  • digital disruption
  • domestic digital diplomacy
  • semiotic analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations

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