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Author Zelenkauskaite, Asta, author

Title Creating chaos online : disinformation and subverted post-publics / Asta Zelenkauskait.

Publication Info. Ann Arbor, Michigan : University of Michigan Press, 2022.


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Description 1 online resource (viii, 293 pages) : illustrations
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-293) and index.
Access Open access MiU
Summary With the prevalence of disinformation geared to instill doubt rather than clarity, Creating Chaos Online unmasks disinformation when it attempts to pass as deliberation in the public sphere and distorts the democratic processes. Asta Zelenkauskait finds that repeated tropes justifying Russian trolling were found to circulate across not only all analyzed media platforms' comments but also across two analyzed sociopolitical contexts suggesting the orchestrated efforts behind messaging. Through a dystopian vision of publics that are expected to navigate in the sea of uncertain both authentic and orchestrated content, pushed by human and nonhuman actors, Creating Chaos Online offers a concept of post-publics. Post-publics is reflected within the continuum of treatment of public, counter public, and anti-public. This book argues that affect-instilled arguments used in public deliberation in times of uncertainty, along with whataboutism constitute a playbook for chaos online.
Funding Sponsored by Knowledge Unlatched
Note This work is licensed under the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International License Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-NoDerivatives
Description based on information from the publisher.
Contents Intro -- Contents -- Introduction. A Déjà Vu from the Silenced Generation -- Disinformation -- Soviet Propaganda in the Eyes of a Child -- Vulnerabilities of Social Media -- Trolling and Russian Trolling -- Russian Trolling Circulation -- Chapter 1. Propagandistic Masquerade -- Text as a Mask -- Paradoxes of a Mask -- Subversiveness of a Mask -- Performativity and Modus Operandi of a Propagandist Mask: self-sabotage -- Multiple Faces for the Masks: Commenting User Typology -- Discussion -- Summary -- Chapter 2. Divide and Conquer: Exploiting Political Polarization -- Frameworks of Information Persuasion -- Communication Persuasion Models -- Mechanics of Propaganda -- Communicative Tactics: Attack, Defense, and Whataboutism -- Tactics Used in Online News Comments -- Discussion -- Summary -- Chapter 3. Instilling Mistrust in Institutions -- Living in Media -- Comments as Forms of News Deliberations -- News Portals Comments as Information Warfare Zones -- Contexts That Situate Online Public Deliberation -- Discrediting Media as an Institution -- Attack on Government Institutions -- Discussion -- Summary -- Chapter 4. Roots of Russia's Victim's Playing -- New Media and Information Warfare in Authoritarian Regimes -- Roots of Russia's (Information) Warfare -- Information Warfare in Action by Russia -- Victim-Playing Russian Trolls in the News Comments -- Delegitimization Rhetoric -- Summary -- Chapter 5. Deny and Conquer: Fears of Looking Like a "Pussy State" -- Implications of the Denialism Discourse regarding Russian Trolling -- Psychology of Denialism -- Denial and Conspiracy Theories -- Denial Normalization Traps to Avoid -- Discussion -- Summary -- Epilogue: Now What? -- Imperviousness to Chaos -- What Solutions Are There for Russian Trolling? -- Web as a Zero Institution -- Appendix -- Bibliography -- Index.
Subject Fake news -- Political aspects.
Online trolling -- Political aspects -- Russia (Federation)
Disinformation -- Political aspects.
Deception -- Political aspects.
Social media -- Authorship -- Political aspects.
Internet -- Political aspects.
Political Science / Political Process / Media & Internet.
Political Science.
Deception -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst00888972
Internet -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst00977197
Russia (Federation) (OCoLC)fst01262050
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Michigan Publishing (University of Michigan), publisher.
Other Form: Print version: 0472055526 9780472055524 0472075527 9780472075522 (OCoLC)1285873381
ISBN 9780472902903 (electronic bk.)
0472902903 (electronic bk.)
9780472075522 (electronic bk.)
0472075527 (electronic bk.)
9780472055524 (electronic bk.)
0472055526 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 10.3998/mpub.12237294 doi
AU@ 000072673461

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