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The Economic Policy of Online Media
Manufacture of Dissent

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ISBN 9781032459462
May 5, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
168 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores the distortion of communication online, centred around the theory that the economic policy model of online media is primarily based on the systematic manufacture of dissent.

Following the media criticism tradition of Habermas and Chomsky, among others, the book shows how anger can motivate news consumption as the principle of divide and rule in the online media of the 21st century is systematically applied. The author posits that media addiction increases interest, therefore deliberate distortion of facts and the manufacture of dissent provide the media with a larger audience and this becomes the business model.

This insightful volume will interest researchers, scholars and students of media economics, political economy of media, digital media, propaganda, mass communication and media literacy.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Civil Cold War online

1. Changing the paradigm of mass communication

1.1. The need for a new paradigm

1.2. The rise of dissent in the network society

1.3. The "New World Information Order" dystopia

1.4. Dysfunctions in the Propaganda model

2. Dissent and the theory of mass communication

2.1. "Manufacturing consent" - Walter Lippmann

2.2. "Democratic propaganda" - Edward Bernays

2.3. "The Spiral of Silence" - Elizabeth Noelle-Neumann

2.4. "Propaganda model" - Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman

2.5. "The End of History" - Francis Fukuyama

2.6. "Agenda Setting" - Maxwell McCombs

2.7. "Pseudo news" - Niklas Luhmann

2.8. "Distorted communication" - Jürgen Habermas

3. Digital media as a risk to democracy

3.1. Digital capitalism and Decorative democracy

3.2. Trust and dissent in democracy

3.3. Dissidents' dissent and Cognitive infiltration

4. Mass media as Dissent Manufacture

4.1.The Bulgarian connection in the attack on the pope

4.2. The effects of the "Lying press" (Lügenpresse)

4.3. Conflict propaganda and Doublespeak

4.4. The language of Russophilia / Russophobia

Conclusion: The dissent of the governed

1. Media hostility index

2. Angry citizens of the Internet

3. Second-degree cybernetics and Kayfabe

4. Planned obsolescence of communication


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Peter Ayolov is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski," Bulgaria.