Spreadable Spectacle in Digital Culture: Civic Expression, Fake News, and the Role of Media Literacies in “Post-Fact” Society

@article{Mihailidis2017SpreadableSI,
  title={Spreadable Spectacle in Digital Culture: Civic Expression, Fake News, and the Role of Media Literacies in “Post-Fact” Society},
  author={P. Mihailidis and Samantha Viotty},
  journal={American Behavioral Scientist},
  year={2017},
  volume={61},
  pages={441 - 454}
}
This article explores the phenomenon of spectacle in the lead up and immediate aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Through the spread of misinformation, the appropriation of cultural iconography, and the willing engagement of mainstream media to perpetuate partisan and polarizing information, the proliferation of populist rhetoric, polarizing views, and vitriolic opinions spread. Revisiting the world of critical theorist Guy Debord, this article argues that the proliferation of… Expand
The online anti-public sphere
Civic engagement, social justice, and media literacy
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