Possibilities to counteract extremist discourse
Action and Protection Foundation, media researcher Gábor Bernáth and the Political Capital Institute conducted a research project together titled “The renewal of human rights (tolerant, democratic) reasoning and making it appealing to the young by means of humor, irony and facts”. The project was financed by the Norwegian NGO Fund and was completed in April 2016.
Within the framework of the project we examined what possibilities there are to encourage non-violent and non-exclusive public discourse and how to make it more appealing. We identified various strategies for reasoning against extremist speech, and conducted online platform tests. Our project does not suggest that communication and reasoning are able to solve all social problems, but we are sure that the communication processes of public discourse could both help and hinder the solutions of social problems.