REGIMES OF TRUTH IN THE COMMUNICATION AND REPORTING OF THE EUROPEAN UNION POST-TRUTH, POST-PROPAGANDA OR JUSTPROPAGANDA?

Christos Frangonikolopoulos, Stamatis Poulakidakos

Abstract


The debate on the problems and future of the EU, both in the anti-European and pro-European camps, is characterized by the exclusive emphasis on what might be true and not on the whole spectrum of reality. Thus, there is need to problematize the supposed imminent threat of post-truth. Any discussion regarding the post-truth challenge for todays Europe in general cannot be productive if we do not take into account the developments associated with the characteristics of information management. There is a need to juxtapose the post-truth of the post-modern and post-industrial communication environment with the modernist notion of propaganda, not only to acquire the adequate theoretical evidence in order to assess whether we are dealing with a new phenomenon (post-truth), a new version of an old phenomenon (post-propaganda), but also to identify similarities and differences in terms of their causes, characteristics and possible implications for the EU.


Keywords


Post-truth, fake-news, propaganda, post-propaganda, information management, European Union

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17349/jmc117404

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