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The Ministry of Truth

BigTech's Influence on Facts, Feelings and Fictions

  • Provides an in-depth analysis of the attention economy and information market

  • Surveys BigTech businesses as potential arbiters of truth challenging democracies

  • Written in a clear, crisp and concise style for a broad audience of laymen and professionals alike

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxii
  2. From Citizen to User in the Marketplace of Ideas

    • Vincent F. Hendricks, Camilla Mehlsen
    Pages 1-16
  3. From User to Product in the Attention Economy

    • Vincent F. Hendricks, Camilla Mehlsen
    Pages 17-36
  4. Designed Denial: Infodemics and Fake News

    • Vincent F. Hendricks, Camilla Mehlsen
    Pages 37-60
  5. Boobs and Borderline Content

    • Vincent F. Hendricks, Camilla Mehlsen
    Pages 61-88
  6. Influencers and Superspreaders

    • Vincent F. Hendricks, Camilla Mehlsen
    Pages 89-106
  7. Clandestine Casino

    • Vincent F. Hendricks, Camilla Mehlsen
    Pages 107-135
  8. Arbiters of Truth

    • Vincent F. Hendricks, Camilla Mehlsen
    Pages 137-156
  9. What Now?!

    • Vincent F. Hendricks, Camilla Mehlsen
    Pages 157-192
  10. Back Matter

    Pages 193-199

About this book

The Ministry of Truth scrutinizes the information market in the era of the attention economy calling on citizens, public educators and politicians to action in averting the role of BigTech in critical infrastructure. Through phenomena such as influencers, ‘fake news’, and covid conspiracies, the authors reveal how social platforms control facts, feelings and narratives in our time to such a degree that they are the de facto arbiters of truth. BigTech seemingly controls the information infrastructure and also decides what we pay attention to. 

The authors suggest hope for a more democratic internet through their systematic analysis of the largest players of the information age. The aim is to amplify human agency for a robust deliberative democracy — not version 2.0 — but a lasting version with staying power. This book appeals to the general interest reader and professional invested in the mobilization of responsible technological development.

Vincent F. Hendricks is Professor of Formal Philosophy at The University of Copenhagen. He is Director of the Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS) funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.

Camilla Mehlsen is Digital Media Expert and Spokesperson for the Danish child organization Children’s Welfare. She is author of several books on digital literacy and her work on digital media has been published in various newspapers and magazines.

Keywords

  • Attention Economy
  • Information Market
  • Business Model
  • Behavioral Design
  • Clandestine Casino
  • Borderline Content
  • democracy and autonomy
  • Big Tech
  • Ad-dicted advertising
  • zucked and facebook
  • indistractable book
  • reality lost

Authors and Affiliations

  • Center for Information and Bubble Studies, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Vincent F. Hendricks

  • Mehlsen Media, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Camilla Mehlsen

About the authors

Vincent F. Hendricks is Professor of Formal Philosophy at The University of Copenhagen. He is Director of the Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS) funded by the Carlsberg Foundation. Hendricks is the author of multiple books on logic, methodology, formal epistemology, attention economics, information theory and bubble studies and has been was awarded a number of prizes for his research among them The Elite Research Prize by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, The Roskilde Festival Elite Research Prize, Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title Award and The Rosenkjær Prize. He was Editor-in-Chief of Synthese: An International Journal for Epistemology, Methodology and Philosophy of Science between 2005-2015.

Camilla Mehlsen is the Digital Media Expert and Spokesperson for the Danish child organization Children’s Welfare. Formerly a non-tenured Associate Professor at the Centre for Journalism, University of Southern Denmark, where she conducted research on the impact of influencers on the media ecosystem focusing on young users. Mehlsen is a Member of the Danish Ministry of Culture’s Media Board as well as a Member of the Djøf Tech Commission. She is the author of several books on digital technologies and education, and her work has been published in various newspapers and magazines. She writes the Media Column for MediaWatch—a journalistic site covering the Danish media industry.

Buying options

eBook USD 19.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-98629-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 29.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)