The Politics of Misinformation

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Cambridge University Press, May 28, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 139 pages
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The Politics of Misinformation is an examination of how concentrations of social and economic power result in public languages of politics that are necessarily image-based, vague, and misleading in their denial of undemocratic tendencies. As a result, public discourses of democracy tend to be populistic, emotional, and likely to emphasize images of progress rather than structural inequalities in their formulations of public problems. In short, neither typical problem definitions nor solutions invite critical popular understanding or involvement in democratic politics.
  

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Contents

Images
11
Social Change
18
Authority
39
Public Opinion
52
Institutions
71
Language
78
Science
104
Crime as an Example
112
Epilogue
129
Bibliography
131
Index
135
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