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Post-truth, propaganda and the transformation of the spiral of silence.

Poulakidakos, S., Veneti, A. and Frangonikolopoulos, C., 2018. Post-truth, propaganda and the transformation of the spiral of silence. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 14 (3), 367-382.

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DOI: 10.1386/macp.14.3.367_1


In 2016, post-truth was named word of the year. Since then a handful of texts have sought to further describe and explore the notion, moving beyond the initial definition given by the Oxford Dictionary. This paper rejects the term ‘post-truth’, in favor of propaganda; since post-truth tends to be utilised as an evaluative term of contemporary political public discourse, as articulated by specific politicians, predominantly through social media. Taking the field of information management as its starting point, our approach underlines the diachronic character of persuasion efforts through information management, understood as propaganda in the public sphere. As a notion, propaganda, in contrast to post-truth, encapsulates both the diachronic character of information management in the public sphere and the ground-breaking transformation of the process of personal opinion expression, initially described by the spiral of silence model, through the emergence of new interactive media.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:information management; persuasion; postmodernity; propaganda; public sphere
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:31323
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:08 Oct 2018 12:37
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:13


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