The Truth About Fake News?
On Disinformation, Censorship and Democracy
Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year 2016 was post-truth. Together with “fake news”, this is one of the most widely discussed digital phenomena in recent years. Why should we care, and can we do anything about it? In this Medea Vox episode, media scholars Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt
and Johan Farkas discuss fake news and post-truth in relation to
Pille Pruulmann Vengerfeldt is professor in media and communication studies. Johan Farkas is PhD student in media and communication studies; both work at Malmö University. Farkas recently published the widely-spread article Fake News as a Floating Signifier: Hegemony, Antagonism and the Politics of Falsehood (open access).
These are authors, works, concepts etc. that are discussed in the podcast.
- Noam Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent
- Chantal Mouffe’s notion of post-politics, see the Guardian article Populists are on the rise but this can be a moment for progressives too
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