AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThis piece assesses the risk of disinformation primarily, but not exclusively, in the Anglo-American context. It unpicks assumptions behind post-truth and fake news; considers precedents for disinformation and queries the extent of its novelty. Are these manageable challenges to democratic cultures or a crisis? It concludes that whatever the terminological tangles, industrialized disinformation signal threats to the public sphere, threats underscored by historical events highlighting the vulnerability of democracy. Yet threats to democratic systems have not deleted their scrutinizing capabilities from below (voters) and from above (the legislature). Therefore challenges, for all their potency and potential, have not yet reached crisis.
CitationBendall, M. J. & Robertosn, C. (2018). Crisis of democratic culture. International journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 14(3), 383-91.
DescriptionAnalysis of whether post truth narratives register as a fundamental threat to democratic cultures in anglo-American context.
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