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Post-Truth Politics

Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre

Post-truth politics, nationalism and the (de-)legitimation of European integration (PTP) is a research network that aims to address the possible impact of ‘fake news’, disinformation and ‘post-truth politics’ on the legitimation and delegitimation of European integration.

Post-Truth Politics: Meet the Team podcast

Post-Truth Politics: Meet the Team with Professor Conrad

Capsule podcast: Post-truth politics from the perspective of our partners – are we living in a post-factual world and if that is the case, how big a danger is it for our societies and for democracy?

Episode 1: The concept of post-truth politics and why it is particularly important in …

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Post-Truth Politics Podcast series

Post-truth Politics Podcast: Episode 1

Capsule podcast: Fake news in a nutshell – what is it and how does it threaten democracy around the world?

Episode 1: The social media, misinformation, and politics researcher

What lessons can we learn from how different democracies try to tackle misinformation?

Bente Kalsnes, Associate Professor at the Department of Communication, Kristiania University …

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About our Post-Truth Politics Podcast series

In the Post-Truth Politics Podcast series we discuss the topic of post-truth politics with academics, professional fact-checkers, digital journalism and politics experts and reporters around the globe with the aim of explaining the concept and how it threatens democracy around the world.

In our first episodes, hosted and produced by Asimina Michailidou from ARENA, in collaboration with LINK at UiO, we gain information on disinformation and propaganda in the digital public sphere, on the challenges of fact-checking journalism and its role in American politics and the Covid-19 “infodemic”, and other important topics.

First episode:

  • 22 October 2020: Bente Kalsnes, Associate Professor at the Department of Communication, Kristiania University College, Norway

Our next episodes:

  • 29 October 2020: Silje S. Skiphamn, Assistant Editor at the fact-checking organization Faktisk.no and Chair of the Norwegian Foundation for Investigative Journalism (SKUP)
  • 5 November 2020: Lucas Graves, Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison, US
  • 12 November 2020: Aris Chatzistefanou, Investigative Journalist, Author and award-winning Filmmaker from Greece
  • 19 November 2020: Iva Nenadić, Research Associate at the The Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF)
  • 26 November 2020: Nikos Sarris, Head of technologies against disinformation at ATC Innovation Lab
Our Podcast Guests
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Bente Kalsnes
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Silje S. Skiphamn
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Lucas Graves
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Aris Chatzistefanou
About the project

Fake news, disinformation and manipulation of the media are widely perceived to constitute a fundamental challenge to modern liberal-representative democracies. In an era of post-truth politics, digital media has increasingly replaced traditional legacy media as the most important source and venue of political information and communication.

This is a fundamental shift since information online is often unverified by gatekeepers at news outlets. Information spreads without professional input from journalists. This proliferation of digital media therefore raises concerns about the quality of democratic discourse, since it can be used for manipulative purposes to spread false and unfiltered information, and potentially affect the electoral decisions of citizens in liberal democracies.

This is a particular challenge in terms of the possible impact of disinformation on public support for the European project as such. Especially since the lingering democratic deficit debate in the EU has identified lack of knowledge about the functioning of the European institutions as one of the key problems regarding the democratic legitimation of the EU. In other words, if there is a lack of knowledge to begin with, then the possible impact of disinformation is heightened.

In addition, the project will address the related topic of why disinformation appears to have such an appeal to nationalist and/or populist actors on the far right and examine whether similar strategies are visible on the left of the political spectrum. These actors often identify the European Union as the root cause of many of the ‘evils’ that nationalist movements claim to tackle. In this regard, European integration is seen as a fundamental attack on the imagined community of the sovereign nation state.

Objectives

The central objective of the project is to analyze, through a series of case studies, both the extent and possible impact of the proliferation of disinformation and fake news via digital and other media, but also through more conventional mobilization and communication mechanisms, on processes of legitimation and delegitimation of European integration in the public sphere.

The Consortium
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Maximilian Conrad
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Guðmundur Hálfdánarson
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John Erik Fossum
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Suvi Keskinen
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Niko Pyrhönen
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Gwenaëlle Bauvois
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Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly
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Helga Hallgrímsdóttir
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Charlotte Galpin
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Hans-Jörg Trenz
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Jón Gunnar Ólafsson
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Asimina Michailidou
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Miklos Sukosd

Articles and Opinion Pieces

Coronakrisen illustrerar den postfaktiska politiken

Maximilian Conrad on the importance of studying post-truth politics in the context of the ongoing Corona crisis (in Swedish).

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