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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Vincent F. Hendricks, Mads Vestergaard
    Pages 1-17 Open Access
  3. Vincent F. Hendricks, Mads Vestergaard
    Pages 19-34 Open Access
  4. Vincent F. Hendricks, Mads Vestergaard
    Pages 35-48 Open Access
  5. Vincent F. Hendricks, Mads Vestergaard
    Pages 49-77 Open Access
  6. Vincent F. Hendricks, Mads Vestergaard
    Pages 79-101 Open Access
  7. Vincent F. Hendricks, Mads Vestergaard
    Pages 103-117 Open Access
  8. Vincent F. Hendricks, Mads Vestergaard
    Pages 119-137 Open Access
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 139-144

About this book

Introduction

This open access book looks at how a democracy can devolve into a post-factual state.

The media is being flooded by populist narratives, fake news, conspiracy theories and make-believe. Misinformation is turning into a challenge for all of us, whether politicians, journalists, or citizens. In the age of information, attention is a prime asset and may be converted into money, power, and influence – sometimes at the cost of facts. The point is to obtain exposure on the air and in print media, and to generate traffic on social media platforms. With information in abundance and attention scarce, the competition is ever fiercer with truth all too often becoming the first victim.

Reality Lost: Markets of Attention, Misinformation and Manipulation is an analysis by philosophers Vincent F. Hendricks and Mads Vestergaard of the nuts and bolts of the information market, the attention economy and media eco-system which may pave way to postfactual democracy. Here misleading narratives become the basis for political opinion formation, debate, and legislation. To curb this development and the threat it poses to democratic deliberation, political self-determination and freedom, it is necessary that we first grasp the mechanisms and structural conditions that cause it. 

Keywords

Attention Economics Conspiracy Theory Philosophy Democracy Information Digital Authority Digitial Slavery Donald Trump Philosophy Information Age Philosophy Misinformation Politics Populism Digital Post-factual Democracy Open Access Social Media

Authors and affiliations

  • Vincent F. Hendricks
    • 1
  • Mads Vestergaard
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS)University of CopenhagenCopenhagen SDenmark
  2. 2.Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS)University of CopenhagenCopenhagen SDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-00813-0
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-00812-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-00813-0
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