Unpacking disinformation as social media discourse

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In this chapter, we examine the role of Discourse Studies in social media disinformation research. While currently underrepresented, Discourse Studies can provide key insights into why disinformation gains traction through credibility building, tapping into existing political narratives and stereotypes. Discourse Studies, we argue, can also bring much-needed attention to the constitutive role of antagonism in disinformation and to the connection between political practices, power relations and platform designs; aspects that are often overlooked. Drawing on three empirical cases – revolving around the Russian Internet Research Agency, fake Muslim Facebook pages and far-right conspiracy theories disguised as tabloid news – the chapter aims to provide a clearer view of the application of Discourse Studies (in its various forms) to disinformation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Media and Society : Integrating the digital with the social in digital discourse
EditorsMajid KhosraviNik
Number of pages20
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)9789027213631
ISBN (Electronic)9789027253255
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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