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Misinformation in the Digital Age

An American Infodemic

9781789904888 Edward Elgar Publishing
Monica Stephens, Department of Geography, Durham University, UK, Jessie P.H. Poon, Department of Geography, University at Buffalo, US and Gordon K.S. Tan, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
Publication Date: February 2023 ISBN: 978 1 78990 488 8 Extent: c 160 pp
Utilising a geographic lens to examine the adoption and dissemination of, and attention to ‘fake news’, this timely and important book explores how misinformation in the digital age calls attention to the multiple geographic dimensions of online fictions, conspiracy theories and political disinformation.

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Using a geographic lens to examine the adoption and dissemination of, and attention to ‘fake news’, this timely and important book explores how misinformation in the digital age calls attention to the multiple geographic dimensions of online fictions, conspiracy theories and political disinformation.

Chapters delve into how social and digital media have rescaled and disrupted relations of trust and authority in the (mis)information age. The book draws on quantitative data and qualitative cases to shed light on the geographies of misinformation, covering urban legends, political rumors, information weaponization, and Climategate, as well as trade and financial fictions. The book explores in depth climate change misinformation, conspiracy theories and other critical contemporary events such as Pizzagate, Russian-led overseas political interference campaigns, and Cambridge Analytica.

Geography and environmental studies scholars will benefit from the analysis of the denial of global climate change and geographic lens the book uses. It will also be an important read for practitioners and policy makers looking for a helpful reference summarizing interdisciplinary work on misinformation in accessible prose.
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‘Misinformation in the Digital Age: An American Infodemic has carved out a nice space in a crowded field by bringing an underused lens to the analysis – geography. Their topic is timely, and the theory has legs. This readable book can inform theory building beyond the scope of its contents.’
– Jason Gainous, University of Louisville, US, Author of Tweeting to Power, and Editor of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics

‘Misinformation has never been more important, and more of a threat, to politics, society, or the economy. Yet, we know surprisingly little about how misinformation is circulated across geographies and within networks. This powerful book changes that and brings together a wealth of research into misinformation in the digital age.’
– Mark Graham, University of Oxford, UK
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