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Misinformation, Post-truth and Alternative Facts. The End of Voters’ Competence?

Internet
Communication
Public Opinion
Technology
P230
Maarja Lühiste
University of Newcastle
Yaprak Gürsoy
Aston University

Saturday 11:00 - 12:40 (09/09/2017)

Building: BL20 Helga Engs hus Floor: Basement Room: HE U36

Abstract

Traditional studies of political knowledge dichotomize citizens into the informed and the uninformed. Presently, this classification is obsolete and does not account for the raise of misinformation. The misinformed believe in facts that are purposely deceiving, factually wrong or inaccurate, at best. Media producers, politicians and parties share responsibility in what has come to be a post-truth political environment where expertise is often traded for unsubstantiated sensationalism. However, there are strong signs of resistance to the deteriorating quality of political information: in particular, fact-checking organizations foster the resurgence of hard facts and accurate statements. This panel brings together theoretical and empirical contributions on the consequences of misinformation and the effects of corrective interventions. Papers address the role traditional, new media and fact-checking organizations play, as well as the impact correct and incorrect information has on citizens’ political attitudes and behaviours.
Title Details
Post-Truth Politics: Lessons from the Past, Options for the Future View Paper Details
Knowledge, Counterknowledge and Conspiracy in Populist Argumentation: Computational and Interpretive Analysis of Finnish Anti-Immigrant Online Publics View Paper Details
Taking on Alternative Facts: The Rise of Fact-Checking Organizations in Response to a Surge of Fake News View Paper Details
Media Effects on Political Attitudes View Paper Details
Do Citizens Care if Politicians Lie? Fact-checking, Partisan Bias and Trust in Politicians and Media Sources during the US Presidential Election Campaign of 2016 View Paper Details