‘Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy’

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Den vestlige verden er under belejring af fake news og post-faktualitet, som underminerer demokratiernes kerne. Dette dystopiske narrativ spredes i disse år af intellektuelle, journalister og politikere verden over. I denne bog præsenterer Johan Farkas og Jannick Schou et omfattende studie af post-truth diskurser. Bogen både kortlægger og diskuterer post-truth diskursers normative ideer og argumenterer for, at demokratiske samfund har brug for meget mere end blot sandhed med stort S.

Dansk presse om bogen:

Sjöberg. A. (2019). Dansk forsker turnerer USA rundt med budskab, der vender op og ned på alt, vi troede, vi vidste om fake news. PolitikenLæs artikel.

Skovdal Jepsen, A. (2019). Dansk forsker: Fake news truer demokratiet – men ikke som du tror. BerlingskeLæs artikel.


Post-truth, Fake news and Democracy provides a highly original analysis of how discourses of truth have emerged in the ‘fake news’ era. It shows how (re)equating democratic governance with only reason, rationality and truth undermines the voice of the people and excludes those most disaffected with politics. Anyone interested in contemporary debates on power and democracy will be both challenged and captivated by this book.” — Ariadne Vromen, Professor of Political Sociology, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

“Drawing on groundbreaking empirical and theoretical work, Farkas and Schou demonstrate the double threat to democracy posed by post-truth propaganda and its obverse: an authoritarian backlash to the politics of Truth with a capital T. Post-truth, Fake news and Democracy provides an invaluable conceptual roadmap for navigating the political perils of the contemporary media landscape with an unwavering commitment to democratic politics. The authors provide more than compelling arguments and timely analysis they offer a powerful and carefully constructed resource for hope.” — Mark Andrejevic, Professor at the School of Media, Film, and Journalism, Monash University

“The book I have been waiting for – a critical interrogation of post-truth and fake news discourses embedded in their political and historical context that puts democratic renewal centre stage. Farkas and Schou skilfully draw upon political philosophy to argue that it is democracy rather than truth claims that should take priority if we really want deeper, better and more inclusive democratic institutions and societies. As they put it ,”we don’t need more truth but more politics”. This book is not only conceptually compelling but also politically important. It helped me understand not only what is going on but also what to do about it. A book for our times. Read it.” — Natalie Fenton, Professor of Media and Communications, Co-Director Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy, Goldsmiths, University of London.

“This is a book that needed to be written. Through an impressive empirical mapping and discourse theoretical analysis of recent post-truth and fake news discourses, the authors identify, and problematize, how democracy in these discourses is articulated as a technocratic order based on “the rule by truth.” In the process, and with the help of historical contextualization, Farkas and Schou expose the reactionary anti-democratic imaginary within the discourses, and consequently open space to once more envision democracy in terms of “the rule by the people.” This incredibly insightful and important book is a must read for all students, scholars, and proponents of democracy.” — Lincoln Dahlberg, Researcher in Media Politics and Digital Democracy

“Few deny the emergence and importance of post-truth politics, fake news, and the changing impact of the public and social media on democratic politics, though it is difficult to find compelling diagnoses and alternatives. In Post-truth, Fake news and Democracy, Johan Farkas and Jannick Schou provide a compelling diagnosis of the contemporary discourses on “post-truth” through an in-depth analysis of news articles, commentaries, academic publications, policy briefs and political speeches. Carefully linking empirical research and critical political philosophy, the book successfully challenges those who call simply for greater truth and rationality by outlining a deeper conception of democracy, and its attendant institutions and practices. This is an important and path-breaking contribution that responds to a pressing issue in contemporary society and politics.” — David Howarth, Professor and Director of the Centre for Ideology and Discourse Analysis, University of Essex, UK.


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Grisolia, F. (2020). Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy. Mapping the Politics of Falsehood. Studi culturali, 3, 460-466. https://www.rivisteweb.it/doi/10.1405/99461