I am very pleased to announce a Special Issue of the Springer journal Postdigital Science & Education which I have guest-edited with Alison MacKenzie. This Issue is on the theme of Lies, Bullshit and Fake News Online: Should We Be Worried? and is dated at Volume 2, Issue 1, January 2020 – A nice start to the New Year.
In our call for abstracts, about a year ago, we asked contributors to consider what are the differences between lies, bullshit and fake news stories; whether they are at all ever defensible; and how everyday internet users can distinguish the fake from the real, the truthful from the dishonest, and an authority from a propagandist. The papers gathered in this collection therefore aim to answer these questions and draw from a variety of disciplinary angles and from writers at all career stages.
In their various ways, the articles outlined below problematise what lies, bullshit and fake news are online, and how they insinuate their way into our belief systems. The complete Special Issue is available here: https://link.springer.com/journal/42438/2/1