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Political Science in Europe

Political Communication in a Post-Truth Era

Panel Number
Panel Chair
Alena Kluknavska
Masaryk University
Panel Discussant
Joost van Spanje
University of London, Royal Holloway College

04/09/2019 13:00 - 14:40
Building: (Building C) Faculty of Law, Administration & Economics Floor: 4th floor Room: 401
The terms ‘post-truth’, ‘post-factual’, and ‘fake news’ have become increasingly prevalent in public discourse following the British referendum and decision to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as a president of the United States in 2016. This panel presents papers examining the profound changes in the role of truth, facts, and expertise in political communication. How do people perceive the effects of fake news on voters’ decisions? Is it fake or true? How do people detect potentially misleading content? How can we counter the spread of disinformation? What is the role of emotions in the spread of fake news online? And lastly, how do we investigate constant contestation of the truth between political actors in public discourse?

Paper List

Title Details
‘They Can’t Fool Me, but They Can Fool the Others!’ Third Person Effect and Fake News Detection View Paper Details
Beyond Fact-Checking: Countering the Spread of Political Disinformation View Paper Details
Fake News Going Viral: The Mediating Effect of Negative Emotions View Paper Details
Trump and Circumstance: Introducing the Post-Truth Claim as an Instrument for Investigating Truth Contestation in Public Discourse View Paper Details
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