Post-truth, propaganda and the transformation of the spiral of silence
Authors: Poulakidakos, S., Veneti, A. and Frangonikolopoulos, C.
Journal: International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics
Publisher: Itellect Publishers
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.
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Authors: Poulakidakos, S., Veneti, A. and Fangonikolopoulos, C.
Journal: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDIA & CULTURAL POLITICS