This book explores the challenges that disinformation, fake news, and post-truth politics pose to democracy from a multidisciplinary perspective. The authors analyse and interpret how the use of technology and social media as well as the emergence of new political narratives has been progressively changing the information landscape, undermining some of the pillars of democracy.

The volume sheds light on some topical questions connected to fake news, thereby contributing to a fuller understanding of its impact on democracy. In the Introduction, the editors offer some orientating definitions of post-truth politics, building a theoretical framework where various different aspects of fake news can be understood. The book is then divided into three parts: Part I helps to contextualise the phenomena investigated, offering definitions and discussing key concepts as well as aspects linked to the manipulation of information systems, especially considering its reverberation on democracy. Part II considers the phenomena of disinformation, fake news, and post-truth politics in the context of Russia, which emerges as a laboratory where the phases of creation and diffusion of fake news can be broken down and analysed; consequently, Part II also reflects on the ways to counteract disinformation and fake news. Part III moves from case studies in Western and Central Europe to reflect on the methodological difficulty of investigating disinformation, as well as tackling the very delicate question of detection, combat, and prevention of fake news.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of political science, law, political philosophy, journalism, media studies, and computer science, since it provides a multidisciplinary approach to the analysis of post-truth politics.

chapter |16 pages


In search of paradigms: Disinformation, fake news, and post-truth politics
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part I|87 pages

Post-truth politics and the challenges to democracy

chapter 2|10 pages

Inequality in the Public Sphere

Epistemic injustice, discrimination, and violence
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chapter 5|13 pages

Information and Democracy

Fake news as an emotional weapon
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chapter 6|15 pages

Searching for a Unicorn

Fake news and electoral behaviour
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chapter 7|12 pages

Once Upon Covid-19

A tale of misleading information going viral
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part II|50 pages

From disinformation to post-truth politics

chapter 8|12 pages

Lie to Live

The production of a faked reality as an existential function of Putin's regime
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chapter 9|13 pages

Playing the Russian Disinformation Game

Information operations from Soviet tactics to Putin's sharp power
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part III|71 pages

Dilemmas of contrasting disinformation and fake news

chapter 13|15 pages

Radical-Right Political Activism on the Web and the Challenge for European Democracy

A perspective from Eastern and Central Europe
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chapter 14|11 pages

When a Credible Source Turns ‘Fake’

The Relotius affair and the German system for combating fake news
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chapter 15|15 pages

“But Verifying Facts is What We Do!”

Fact-checking and journalistic professional autonomy
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