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

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 today’s 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.17349/jmc117404

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