Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy : Mapping the Politics of Falsehood

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Title Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy : Mapping the Politics of Falsehood
Author Schou, Jannick ; Farkas, Johan
Date 2019
English abstract
Western societies are under siege, as fake news, post-truth and alternative facts are undermining the very core of democracy. This dystopian narrative is currently circulated by intellectuals, journalists and policy makers worldwide. In this book, Johan Farkas and Jannick Schou deliver a comprehensive study of post-truth discourses. They critically map the normative ideas contained in these and present a forceful call for deepening democracy. The dominant narrative of our time is that democracy is in a state of emergency caused by social media, changes to journalism and misinformed masses. This crisis needs to be resolved by reinstating truth at the heart of democracy, even if this means curtailing civic participation and popular sovereignty. Engaging with critical political philosophy, Farkas and Schou argue that these solutions neglect the fact that democracy has never been about truth alone: it is equally about the voice of the democratic people. Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy delivers a sobering diagnosis of our times. It maps contemporary discourses on truth and democracy, foregrounds their normative foundations and connects these to historical changes within liberal democracies. The book will be of interest to students and scholars studying the current state and future of democracy, as well as to a politically informed readership.
Link https://www.routledge.com/Post-Truth-Fake-News-and... (external link to publication)
Publisher Routledge
Series/Issue Routledge Studies in Global Information, Politics and Society;
ISBN 978-0-367-32217-5
978-0-367-32218-2
978-0-429-31734-7
Language eng (iso)
Subject Post-truth
fake news
critical theory
democracy
media
politics
political philosophy
democratic theory
social media
disinformation
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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