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The Politics of Misinformation
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Details

  • Page extent: 152 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.24 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 320/.01/4
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: JA85 .E34 2001
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Communication in politics
    • Communication--Political aspects
    • Rhetoric--Political aspects
    • Deception
    • Elite (Social sciences)

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521805100 | ISBN-10: 0521805104)

  • Also available in Hardback
  • Published May 2001

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The Politics of Misinformation is an examination of how concentrations of social and economic power result in public languages of politics that are necessarily image-based, vague, and misleading in their denial of undemocratic tendencies. As a result, public discourses of democracy tend to be populistic, emotional, and likely to emphasize images of progress rather than structural inequalities in their formulations of public problems. In short, neither typical problem definitions nor solutions invite critical popular understanding or involvement in democratic politics.

Contents

1. Images; 2. Social change; 3. Authority; 4. Public opinion; 5. Institutions; 6. Language; 7. Science; 8. Crime as an example.

Review

"Those deeply pessimistic about contemporary American politics will find great comfort in this volume." Choice

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