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Network propaganda : manipulation, disinformation, and radicalization in American politics

Author: Yochai Benkler; Rob Faris; Hal Roberts
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Is social media destroying democracy? Are Russian propaganda or "Fake news" entrepreneurs on Facebook undermining our sense of a shared reality? A conventional wisdom has emerged since the election of Donald Trump in 2016 that new technologies and their manipulation by foreign actors played a decisive role in his victory and are responsible for the sense of a "post-truth" moment in which disinformation and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Yochai Benkler; Rob Faris; Hal Roberts
ISBN: 9780190923624 0190923628 9780190923631 0190923636 9780190923648 0190923644
OCLC Number: 1045162158
Description: ix, 462 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Mapping disorder. Epistemic crisis --
The architecture of our discontent --
The propaganda feedback loop --
Dynamics of network propaganda. Immigration and Islamophobia: Breitbart and the Trump Party --
The Fox diet --
Mainstream media failure modes and self-healing in a propaganda-rich environment --
The usual suspects. The propaganda pipeline: hacking the core from the periphery --
Are the Russians coming? --
Mammon's algorithm: marketing, manipulation, and clickbait on Facebook --
Can democracy survive the Internet?. Polarization in American politics --
The origins of asymmetry --
Can the Internet survive democracy? --
What can men do against such reckless hate? --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Yochai Benkler, Robert Faris, Hal Roberts.

Abstract:

Is social media destroying democracy? Are Russian propaganda or "Fake news" entrepreneurs on Facebook undermining our sense of a shared reality? A conventional wisdom has emerged since the election of Donald Trump in 2016 that new technologies and their manipulation by foreign actors played a decisive role in his victory and are responsible for the sense of a "post-truth" moment in which disinformation and propaganda thrives. Network Propaganda challenges that received wisdom through the most comprehensive study yet published on media coverage of American presidential politics from the start of the election cycle in April 2015 to the one year anniversary of the Trump presidency. Analyzing millions of news stories together with Twitter and Facebook shares, broadcast television and YouTube, the book provides a comprehensive overview of the architecture of contemporary American political communications. Through data analysis and detailed qualitative case studies of coverage of immigration, Clinton scandals, and the Trump Russia investigation, the book finds that the right-wing media ecosystem operates fundamentally differently than the rest of the media environment. The authors argue that longstanding institutional, political, and cultural patterns in American politics interacted with technological change since the 1970s to create a propaganda feedback loop in American conservative media. This dynamic has marginalized centre-right media and politicians, radicalized the right wing ecosystem, and rendered it susceptible to propaganda efforts, foreign and domestic. For readers outside the United States, the book offers a new perspective and methods for diagnosing the sources of, and potential solutions for, the perceived global crisis of democratic politics

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Overall, this book is a necessary inquiry into the state of propaganda and disinformation networks today. * Julia Rose DeCook, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Read more...

 
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