Vincent F. Hendricks: Professor, Director | Center for Information and Bubble Studies | University of Copenhagen

New Book | REALITY LOST | Springer Nature | Open Access | 11.09.2018 | DOWNLOAD NOW!

New Book | REALITY LOST | Springer Nature | Open Access | 11.09.2018  |  DOWNLOAD NOW!

REALITY LOST
Markets of Attention, Misinformation and Manipulation

Vincent F. Hendricks
Mads Vestergaard

ISBN 978-3-030-00813-0 / @RealityLost2018

 September 11.2018: New York: Springer Nature

Available for free in Open Access – DOWNLOAD NOW

The media is being flooded by populist narratives, fake news, conspiracy theories and make-believe. Misinformation is turning into a challenge for all of us, whether politicians, journalists, or citizens. In the age of information, attention is a prime asset and may be converted into money, power, and influence – sometimes at the cost of facts. The point is to obtain exposure on the air and in print media, and to generate traffic on social media platforms. With information in abundance and attention scarce, the competition is ever fiercer with truth all too often becoming the first victim.

REALITY LOST: Markets of Attention, Misinformation and Manipulation is an analysis by philosophers Vincent F. Hendricks and Mads Vestergaard of the nuts and bolts of the information market, the attention economy and media eco-system which may pave way to postfactual democracy. Here misleading narratives become the basis for political opinion formation, debate, and legislation. To curb this development and the threat it poses to democratic deliberation, political self-determination and freedom, it is of necessary that we first grasp the mechanisms and structural conditions that causes it.

Vincent Fella Hendricks, chercheur à l’université de Copenhague et coauteur du livre Reality Lost, va dans le même sens. Selon lui, sur Twitter, « l’attention des utilisateurs repose sur des critères qui ne sont pas liés à la rationalité, mais à l’émotion. Les contenus qui ont le plus de succès font appel à la peur, à la colère, à l’indignation. C’est un marché de l’information dans lequel certains contenus sont assimilables à des subprimes », des produits attractifs mais toxiques pour l’environnement, détaille-t-il. Cela ne changera que « si Twitter comme Facebook reconnaissent qu’ils sont des éditeurs d’information, et mettent en place de véritables politiques éditoriales qu’ils appliquent avec constance ».

– Le Monde, 01.09.2018

Prelude

Knowledge is power. To know the nuts and bolts of the world is vital in changing it to the better — or to prevent it from getting worse. Knowledge may emancipate. Misinformation and manipulation impair self-determination and autonomy — individually and collectively. Without sound information as bedrock for formation of political opinion, decision-making and action, individual agency and political sovereignty of the people are crippled. To know how and why misinformation works, being informed of the structural conditions fueling its circulation shapes resilience against manipulation. Technology does not determine history. Humans do. It is up to us to prevent The Digital Age turning into disruption of democracy and freedom.

Reality Lost: Markets of Attention, Misinformation and Manipulation, is open access and free to download.

Press and Presentations

Table of Contents

Prelude

Introduction

Chapter 1. The Attention Economy

Chapter 2. The News Market

Chapter 3. Attention Speculation and Political Bubbles

Chapter 4. Alternative Facts, Misinformation, and Fake News

Chapter 5. Fact Resistance, Populism, and Conspiracy Theory

Chapter 6. The Post-Factual Democracy

Epilogue. Digitial Roads to Totalitarianism

References

Reality Lost is the English version of the German Postfaktisch and Danish Fake News

About the Authors

Vincent F. Hendricks (b. 1970) is Professor of Formal Philosophy at The University of Copenhagen. He is Director of the Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS) sponsored by the Carlsberg Foundation and has been was awarded a number of prizes for his research among them The Elite Research Prize by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, The Roskilde Festival Elite Research Prize, Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title Award and The Rosenkjær Prize. He was Editor-in-Chief of Synthese: An International Journal for Epistemology, Methodology and Philosophy of Science between 2005-2015.

Mads Vestergaard (b. 1979) is PhD Fellow at Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS), University of Copenhagen. He holds a M.A. in philosophy, and debates and communicates philosophy and social science in written press, radio and television. He has also applied philosophy in more untraditional contexts as art projects and satire.