What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Fake News?

What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Fake News?

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Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
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No. of pages:104 pages
Size:210x148 mm
Short description:

A short, innovative book that uses examples and evidence from around the world to analyse the concept of fake news and outline what we know about it, before proposes what we should do about this dangerous phenomenon.

Long description:
Voters need to be informed to make political decisions, but what if their media diet not only prevents them from getting the information they need, but actively shapes inaccurate perceptions of the world?

Drawing on examples and evidence from around the world, this book aims to make a timely intervention to the debate about the concept of fake news. Its underlying argument will have three objectives. First, to offer more precise definitions for a term that is often loosely used. Second, to offer a less technologically determinist view of fake news. New social media platforms, such as Facebook and WhatsApp, are clearly an important part of the story, but they exist in wider social, political and institutional settings. Third, to situate the idea of fake news (and our concern about it) in broader arguments about an ongoing crisis and loss of confidence in liberal democratic institutions. Only with this perspective, it will be argued, can we possibly address the question of what we should do about fake news.

Concise and comprehensive, Anstead skilfully moves from the Middle Ages to Postmodernism and, all importantly, considers practical solutions to 'fake news'. Essential reading for policy makers, media and anyone who wants to get to grips with this slippery subject. 
Table of Contents:
1. Introduction
2. Background
3. What Do We Know?
4. What Should We Do?
5. Conclusion