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Myth of ‘Free Media’ and Fake News in the Post-Truth Era
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Myth of ‘Free Media’ and Fake News in the Post-Truth Era

  • Kalinga Seneviratne - Former Head of Research, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), Singapore

December 2019 | 388 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Myth of ‘Free Media’ and Fake News in the Post-truth Era reveals the story of ‘fake news’ hysteria and myth of ‘free media’ in the post-truth world order, starting from the question of whether there has really been a ‘truth’ era.  The book examines how the news media is battling for relevance in the age of Internet. It shows how the wave of media ‘liberalization’ has weakened the basic premise of Libertarian Media Function Theory, which states that the media is the ‘Fourth Estate’ that protects the citizens from abuse of power by the government. It analyses how excessive commercialization of the media and the commodification of news has changed journalism globally. The book recommends a new paradigm and explains how it can be used to transform news reporting from an adversarial model to a human-centric one.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
Media Function Theories: Time for a Rethink
 
Media in Crisis: Commodification of News
 
Did We Ever Have a Truth Era?
 
Imbalances in News: Truth Is Subjective
 
Dawn of the Post-Truth Era?
 
Human Rights: The New Missionary Religion
 
Neo-liberalism Breeding Inequality: Who Is Telling the Truth?
 
Redefining Journalistic Ethics
 
Fake News Hysteria: Attempt to Stifle Alternative Views?
 
Fighting the Gloom with New Thinking
 
Appendices
 
References
 
Index
Key features

• Discussed how the excessive commercialization and commodification of media is changing journalism.
  
• Critically looks at how human rights principles are applied both in news reporting as well as in judging freedom of expression in the media

• Presents a critical assessment of how the media uncritically applies neo-liberal principles in reporting economic and development issues

• Recommends a new paradigm and explains how it can be used to transform news reporting from an adversarial model to a human-centric one.


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ISBN: 9789353286743
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