The Ministry of Truth: BigTech’s Influence on Facts, Feelings and Fictions

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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.


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Vincent Hendricks and Camilla MehlsenVincent Hendricks and 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.

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. 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.

The Ministry of Truth

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Jack DorseyJack Dorsey

Collateral DamageCollateral Damage

Critical Infratructure Sectors

The dial of critical infrastructure

Jack Dorsey and Twitter

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Collateral Damage

A meme on “collateral damage” (with inspiration from the wise Jedi Master Yoda from George Lucas’ epic Star Wars-franchise)

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Springer; 1st ed. 2022 edition (June 7, 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 231 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 3030986284
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-3030986285
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5 x 0.49 x 8 inches

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