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Reality Lost : Markets of Attention, Misinformation and Manipulation

Publication year: 2019

ISBN: 978-3-030-00813-0

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This book looks at how a democracy can devolve into a post-factual state. The media is being flooded by populist narratives, fake news, conspiracy theories and make-believe. Misinformation is turning into a challenge for all of us, whether politicians, journalists, or citizens. In the age of information, attention is a prime asset and may be converted into money, power, and influence – sometimes at the cost of facts. The point is to obtain exposure on the air and in print media, and to generate traffic on social media platforms. With information in abundance and attention scarce, the competition is ever fiercer with truth all too often becoming the first victim. It is an analysis of the nuts and bolts of the information market, the attention economy and media eco-system which may pave way to postfactual democracy. Here misleading narratives become the basis for political opinion formation, debate, and legislation. To curb this development and the threat it poses to democratic deliberation, political self-determination and freedom, it is necessary that we first grasp the mechanisms and structural conditions that cause it.

Subject: Political Science and International Studies, Public Policy, British Politics, Comparative Politics, Governance and Government, Development Policy, Political Sociology, Attention Economics, Conspiracy Theory Philosophy, Democracy Information, Digital Authority, Digitial Slavery, Donald Trump Philosophy, Information Age Philosophy, Misinformation Politics, Populism Digital, Post-factual Democracy, Open Access Social Media