1st Edition

Infodemic in the Era of Post-Truth

By Yan Su Copyright 2024
    144 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    With the revolution in information technology, concerns about the proliferation of false, unverified, and misleading information have been growing. As one of the severe public health crises in modern history, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a novel context for the "post-truth" research. In a "post-truth" era, people are no longer interested in investigating objective facts, but tend to curl up in echo chambers and resonate with like-minded others. Against this backdrop, this book (1) systematically conceptualises "post-truth" and analyzes its defining characteristics and driving forces, (2) examines the nuanced effects of information sources and news consumption behaviours and strategies on COVID-19 misperceptions and knowledge, (3) explores the role of social media in shaping COVID-19-related misperceptions and knowledge, and (4) highlights the importance of news media literacy in navigating the "post-truth" era.

    The book will be essential reading for students and scholars of media and film studies, communication studies and comparative studies. It will also be a useful reference for medical and media professionals such as doctors, nurses and journalists.

    1. Conceptualizing the “Post-truth” 2. Information Sources and News Consumption Habitus 3. Social Media as a Pandora’s Box 4. News Media Literacy as a Silver Lining 5. Concluding Remarks


    Yan Su is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Peking University, China. Dr. Su specialises in media effects, emerging communication technologies, health communication, and computational social sciences.