Leaders' political communications and gestures highlighted by international media


  • Kwan Hue Thuang Mawlamyine University, Myanmar




Political Communication, Gestures, International Media


The confluence of political communication, gestures, and international media in an era of unparalleled interconnection bears significant implications for the worldwide perception and understanding of political leaders. This review of the literature explores the complex dynamics of this relationship, shedding light on the ways in which political leaders strategically use gestures to communicate ideas, the role that the media plays in interpreting and presenting these gestures, and the ongoing feedback loop that exists between leaders' communication tactics and the reactions of the media. Political leaders have long understood the importance of communicating effectively and going beyond just using words to convey their ideas. Beyond linguistic and cultural barriers, gestures—both subtle and overt—act as a non-verbal extension of their communication tactics. These deliberate gestures support spoken words with subtle nonverbal indicators, expressing confidence, empathy, diplomacy, or resolution. International media outlets play a crucial role in framing and molding the way that leaders and their activities are portrayed since they serve as both interpreters and amplifiers of political communication. The media's framing and interpretation of leaders' gestures and comments can either reinforce or question their intended signals, making them highly influential in shaping public opinion. There is a dynamic and responsive feedback loop between leaders' gestures, the media's reactions, and themselves. As a result of media interpretations, leaders are quick to modify their communication tactics and body language, which can affect how they project themselves. The interaction cycle that follows emphasizes how this relationship is always changing.

Case studies offer concrete instances of how gestures can be used strategically and how the media has interpreted them. Examples of symbolic expressions used in political campaigns, diplomatic gestures, and subtle body language used in international talks provide insight into the complexity of this interaction. Social media's introduction has given this dynamic a new dimension by allowing leaders to speak with a global audience directly and enhancing the feedback loop. In order to keep control over their public image and accomplish their political goals in this era of connectivity, leaders must skillfully traverse this complicated landscape by carefully balancing their communication methods, non-verbal clues, and media participation. In conclusion, a crucial and changing component of modern leadership is the dynamic interaction between political communication, gestures, and worldwide media. In a society where the media's perspective has a significant impact on public perception and global narratives, mastery of this interaction is crucial. Political leaders must skillfully use both verbal and nonverbal communication to build the narratives that characterize our globalized reality in order to lead and govern in an interconnected society.


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How to Cite

Kwan Hue Thuang. (2023). Leaders’ political communications and gestures highlighted by international media. Journal of Asian Multicultural Research for Social Sciences Study, 4(3), 1-6. https://doi.org/10.47616/jamrsss.v4i3.440