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The New World of Untruth

Alternative facts, misdirection, and outright propaganda seem to dominate the news media landscape today in a way that is quite different from the past.  How can viewers and listeners navigate the flood of untruths? Can democracy survive the viral uptake of social media memes and myths?


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Benkler, Y., Faris, R., Roberts, H., & Zuckerman, E. (March 3 2017). Study: Breitbart-led right-wing media ecosystem altered broader media agenda – Columbia Journalism Review.  http://www.cjr.org/analysis/breitbart-media-trump-harvard-study.php

Coaston, J. (August 2 2018). #QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy theory, explained – Vox. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/8/1/17253444/qanon-trump-conspiracy-theory-reddit

Coles, T. J. (October 8 2018). Fake News and Weaponized Bots: How Algorithms Inflate Profiles, Spread Disinfo and Disrupt Democracy. https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/08/fake-news-and-weaponized-bots-how-algorithms-inflate-profiles-spread-disinfo-and-disrupt-democracy/

Devega, C. (July 16 2018). Donald Trump’s “chaos magic”: Author Gary Lachman on the far right’s links to occult philosophy | Salon.com. https://www.salon.com/2018/07/16/donald-trumps-chaos-magic-author-gary-lachman-on-the-far-rights-links-to-occult-philosophy/

Edwards, S., & Livingston, S. (April 3 2018). Fake news is about to get a lot worse. That will make it easier to violate human rights — and get away with it.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/04/03/fake-news-is-about-to-get-a-lot-worse-that-will-make-it-easier-to-violate-human-rights-and-get-away-with-it/?noredirect=on

Gonzalez, R. J. (March 23 2018). The Mind-Benders: How to Harvest Facebook Data, Brainwash Voters, and Swing Elections. https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/23/the-mind-benders-how-to-harvest-facebook-data-brainwash-voters-and-swing-elections/

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Illing, S. (October 9 2018). Hashtag wars: how Facebook, Twitter, and social media changed how we fight wars – Vox. https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/world/2018/10/8/17884154/social-media-cyberwar-isis-taylor-swift-peter-singer

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Morgan, J. (March 31 2017). Sockpuppets, Secessionists, and Breitbart – Data for Democracy – Medium. https://medium.com/data-for-democracy/sockpuppets-secessionists-and-breitbart-7171b1134cd5

Shao, C., Ciampaglia, G. L., Varol, O., Yang, K., Flammini, A., & Menczer, F. (May 24 2017). The spread of low-credibility content by social bots. http://arxiv.org/abs/1707.07592

Weisburd, A., Watts, C., & Berger, J. (November 6 2016). Trolling for Trump: How Russia Is Trying to Destroy Our Democracy. https://warontherocks.com/2016/11/trolling-for-trump-how-russia-is-trying-to-destroy-our-democracy/

Yglesias, M. (May 30 2017). The Bullshitter-in-Chief – Vox. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/30/15631710/trump-bullshit