Should We be Afraid of Fake News?
Vagelis Papakonstantinou, “Should We be Afraid of Fake News?” in “Disinformation and Digital Media as a Challenge for Democracy” by Georgios Terzis, Dariusz Kloza, Elzbieta Kuzelewska, Daniel Trottier (eds.), Intersentia, 2020
Posted: 10 Aug 2021
Date Written: June 1, 2020
This book is motivated, to a large extent, by some recent troubling developments in public discourse, namely the developments in information and disinformation practices. From the beginning of history, various and diverse means or channels of communication have been used to inform, misinform (unintentionally) and disinform (deliberately). However, in recent decades, the emergence and development of new information and communications technologies (ICT), combined with the ever-increasing digitalisation and globalisation of almost every aspect of modern life, among others, have opened up new and uncharted avenues to that end. This book therefore focuses on disinformation practices occurring with the help of digital media as these practices bring to the fore profound negative ramifications for the functioning of a democratic polity.
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