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Author Benkler, Yochai, author.

Title Network propaganda : manipulation, disinformation, and radicalization in American politics / Yochai Benkler, Robert Faris, Hal Roberts
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2018
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Contents Mapping disorder. Epistemic crisis -- The architecture of our discontent -- The propaganda feedback loop -- Dynamics of network propaganda -- Immigration and Islamophobia: Breitbart and the Trump Party -- The Fox diet. Mainstream media failure modes and self-healing in a propaganda-rich environment -- The usual suspects. The propaganda pipeline: hacking the core from the periphery -- Are the Russians coming? -- Mammon's algorithm: marketing, manipulation, and clickbait on Facebook -- Can democracy survive the Internet?. Polarization in American politics -- The origins of asymmetry -- Can the Internet survive democracy? -- What can men do against such reckless hate? -- Conclusion
Summary Is social media destroying democracy? Are Russian propaganda or "Fake news" entrepreneurs on Facebook undermining our sense of a shared reality? A conventional wisdom has emerged since the election of Donald Trump in 2016 that new technologies and their manipulation by foreign actors played a decisive role in his victory and are responsible for the sense of a "post-truth" moment in which disinformation and propaganda thrives. Network Propaganda challenges that received wisdom through the most comprehensive study yet published on media coverage of American presidential politics from the start of the election cycle in April 2015 to the one year anniversary of the Trump presidency. Analysing millions of news stories together with Twitter and Facebook shares, broadcast television and YouTube, the book provides a comprehensive overview of the architecture of contemporary American political communications. Through data analysis and detailed qualitative case studies of coverage of immigration, Clinton scandals, and the Trump Russia investigation, the book finds that the right-wing media ecosystem operates fundamentally differently than the rest of the media environment. The authors argue that longstanding institutional, political, and cultural patterns in American politics interacted with technological change since the 1970s to create a propaganda feedback loop in American conservative media. This dynamic has marginalized centre-right media and politicians, radicalized the right wing ecosystem, and rendered it susceptible to propaganda efforts, foreign and domestic. For readers outside the United States, the book offers a new perspective and methods for diagnosing the sources of, and potential solutions for, the perceived global crisis of democratic politics
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed September 20, 2018)
Subject USA President
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 2016
Communication in politics -- United States
Political campaigns -- United States
Mass media -- Political aspects -- United States
Social media -- Political aspects -- United States
Internet in political campaigns -- United States
Disinformation -- United States -- History -- 21st century
Radicalism -- United States
Political culture -- United States
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 2016
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- Elections.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- General.
Communication in politics.
Internet in political campaigns.
Mass media -- Political aspects.
Political campaigns.
Political culture.
Politics and government.
Presidents -- Election.
Social media -- Political aspects.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2009-2017
United States -- Politics and government -- 2017-2021
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Faris, Rob, author
Roberts, Hal (Harold), author.
LC no. 2018020121
ISBN 9780190923662