Fake News in Digital Cultures: Technology, Populism and Digital Misinformation

Fake News in Digital Cultures presents a new approach to understanding disinformation and misinformation in contemporary digital communication, arguing that fake news is not an alien phenomenon undertaken by bad actors, but a logical outcome of contemporary digital and popular culture, conceptual changes meaning and truth, and shifts in the social practice of trust, attitude and creativity.

Looking not to the problems of the present era but towards the continuing development of a future digital media ecology, the authors explore the emergence of practices of deliberate disinformation. This includes the circulation of misleading content or misinformation, the development of new technological applications such as the deepfake, and how they intersect with conspiracy theories, populism, global crises, popular disenfranchisement, and new practices o f regulating misleading content and promoting new media and digital literacies.

Chapter 1. Introduction: Digital Cultures and Fake News
Chapter 2. What is Fake News? Defining Truth
Chapter 3. The Cultural Emergence of Fake News I: Digital Cultures, Interactive Practices and Artificial Feeds
Chapter 4. The Cultural Emergence of Fake News II: Postmodernism, Sensationalism and the Hyperreal
Chapter 5. The Visual in an Era of Hyperreality and Disinformation: The Deepfake Video
Chapter 6. Fake News and Conspiracy Theories
Chapter 7. Marginalising the Marginalised: Fake News as a Tool of Populist Power
Chapter 8. Audiences, Trust and Polarisation in a Post-Truth Media Ecology
Chapter 9. Remedying Disinformation: Communication Practice in a World of Fake News
Chapter 10. Ethical Practices, Digital Citizenship and Communication Futures

Product details

  • Publish Date: March 2022
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Emerald Insight
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781801178778
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  • PUBLISHED: 2022
  • DOI: 10.1108/9781801178761
  • ISBN: 9781801178778
  • Cover, R., Haw, A., and Thompson, J.D. 2022, Fake News in Digital Cultures: Technology, Populism and Digital Misinformation. Emerald

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Ashleigh Haw, Jay Daniel Thompson