Beyond Gatekeeping: Propaganda, Democracy, and the Organization of Digital Publics

  title={Beyond Gatekeeping: Propaganda, Democracy, and the Organization of Digital Publics},
  author={Jennifer Forestal},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={306 - 320}
While there is disagreement as to the severity of the digital disinformation problem, scholars and practitioners have largely coalesced around the idea that a new system of safeguards is needed to prevent its spread. By minimizing the role of citizens in managing their own communities, however, I argue that these gatekeeping approaches are undemocratic. To develop a more democratic alternative, I draw from the work of Harold D. Lasswell and John Dewey to argue that we should study the… 
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