Postimees awarded the Opinion Leader 2018 title to Mihhail Lotman

At the traditional lunch of opinion leaders, the daily newspaper Postimees declared Mihhail Lotman the Opinion Leader 2018.

The title Opinion Leader of the year and the accompanying sculpture of Johann Voldemar Jannsen, a journalist, poet and leading figure of the Estonian National Awakening movement, is traditionally granted to a person whose role in the Estonian press and society equals Jannsen’s achievements.

According to the Head of the Postimees’ Opinion Department Neeme Korv, Lotman has had a long working relationship with Postimees. The semiotician was a regular columnist of the newspaper’s Opinion Department more than a decade ago, but recently he has been mostly writing in the essay genre. “These days he influences the public opinion through his blog, most of all,” Korv mentioned.

Lotman is the Research Professor of Semiotics at the University of Tartu.