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Fake News

Real Issues in Modern Communication


Edited By Russell Chun and Susan J. Drucker

In this dizzying post-truth, post-fact, fake news era, the onslaught and speed of potentially untrue, incorrect, or fabricated information (some crafted and weaponized, some carelessly shared) can cause a loss of our intellectual bearings. If we fail to have a common truthful basis for discussions of opinion and policy, the integrity of our democracy is at risk.

This up-to-date anthology is designed to provide a survey of technological, ethical, and legal issues raised by falsehoods, particularly social media misinformation. The volume explores visual and data dissemination, business practices, international perspectives, and case studies. With misinformation and misleading information being propagated using a variety of media such as memes, data, charts, photos, tweets, posts, and articles, an understanding of the theory, mechanisms, and changing communication landscape is essential to move in the right direction with academic, industry, and government initiatives to inoculate ourselves from the dangers of fake news. The book takes an international and multidisciplinary approach with contributions from media studies, journalism, computer science, the law, and communication, making it distinct among books on fake news.

This book is essential for graduate or undergraduate students in courses dealing with fake news and communication studies. Relevant courses include media studies, journalism, public relations, media ethics, media law, social media, First Amendment law, philosophy, and political science.

List of Figures – Acknowledgments – Angharad N. Valdivia: Foreword: Citification, Mediatization, Theme Park-ification of the Contemporary US Midwest University – Cameron McCarthy/Koeli Moitra Goel/Ergin Bulut/Warren Crichlow/Brenda Nyandiko Sanya/Bryce Henson: Introduction: Understanding the Spaces of New Colonialism: The City, the School, and the Museum – Saskia Sassen: The City: Its Return as a Lens for Social Theory – Cameron McCarthy/Brenda Sanya/Koeli Moitra Goel: Trading in Multiculture: The City and the University in the Age of Globalization – Bryce Henson: Stage of Exception: Carnaval, Political Violence, and Black Life – Ergin Bulut/Başak Can/Nurçin İleri: Cementing Hegemony in New Turkey: The Construction Spectacle of Istanbul and the Rise of Right-Wing Masculine Populism – Koeli Moitra Goel: The "Megacity" as the Face of 21st-Century India: Rethinking Urban Life Beyond the Binaries of Globalism – Koeli Moitra Goel/Cameron McCarthy/Susan Akello Ogwal: The Right to the City: Pauline Lipman Interview, University of Illinois-Chicago, November 5, 2018 – Koeli Moitra Goel/Cameron McCarthy: Colonial Pasts and Global Presence in Citadels of Education: Crafting "World-Class" Futures by Digitalizing Traditions – Nubras Samayeen: A Tale of Two Cities: Dhaka’s Urban Imaginary in the Twenty-First Century – Chamee Yang: Seeing the Future in the Mirror of the Past: Technologies of Cultural Governance and the Reclamation of Creative History in Seoul – Stuart Hall: Museums of Modern Art and the End of History – Durell M. Callier: Blackqueer Pedagogy: (Un)making Memory, Citizenship, and Education – Brenda Nyandiko Sanya/Malathi M. Iyengar: Rural Global City: The US Midwestern Land-Grant University as a Palimpsest of Colonialisms – Karla Palma: The Territory as an Extractive Network: A Reading from the Mining Museum – Brad Evans: Landscapes of Violence: Brad Evans’ Interview of John Akomfrah in the Histories of Violence Series – Natalie Fenton: Afterword: Seeking Resources of Hope for a Different Type of Emancipatory Future? – List of Contributors – Index.