The spread of disinformation has unleashed considerable alarm in the mass media, triggering reactions also from the scientific disciplines that deal with communication. While there seems to be agreement about the definition of the problem, positions about the measures to be adopted vary and are sometimes confused and even unrealistic (based on such foundations as truth or honesty). The aim of this essay is not to suggest solutions, but to clarify certain premises of theory. The first priority is to distinguish between communication technologies (mass media and social media) and the other subsystems operating in society (such as science, medicine, politics and economics), then between their various different forms of public sphere. The public sphere of the mass media and these days also of the social media produces both transparency (of contents) and at the same time opacity (of consequences and of intentions). On the one hand, this form of uncertainty guarantees a constant orientation towards the future, yet on the other it sets no limits to the contradiction of any given quantity: even science no longer speaks with authority when it indicates what is ‘true’ or ‘false’. The public sphere swings ceaselessly back and forth between information and insinuation, between knowledge and suspicion about intentions. The phenomenon of disinformation is generated in this short-circuit, which attempts at clarification only serve to strengthen.
Disinformation in the Communication Media: Can the Public Sphere be Transparent? / Corsi, Giancarlo. - In: SOCIOLOGIA E POLITICHE SOCIALI. - ISSN 1591-2027. - 21:3(2018), pp. 11-11.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Titolo:||Disinformation in the Communication Media: Can the Public Sphere be Transparent?|
|Citazione:||Disinformation in the Communication Media: Can the Public Sphere be Transparent? / Corsi, Giancarlo. - In: SOCIOLOGIA E POLITICHE SOCIALI. - ISSN 1591-2027. - 21:3(2018), pp. 11-11.|
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