News in Social Media Environments: Journalism in a ‘Post-Truth’ World

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Abstract

‘News in Social Media Environments: Journalism in a “Post-Truth” World’ (this chapter) broadens discussion of journalism to its product—news and its distribution. In this chapter, Bossio argues that new modes of producing news and new business models for distributing news have resulted in the decentralisation of the journalist from the communication of news. There are now more stakeholders in the selection and distribution of news and, thus, continual negotiation of representations of truth and the right to determine how the news is distributed to audiences. Using an analysis of Trump’s use of false statements during his 2016 election campaign, Bossio illustrates that as social media continually disrupts traditional modes of producing and distributing news, governance over ‘truth’ as central to communication is also being renegotiated by new stakeholders in the news.

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  1. 1.Swinburne UniversityHawthornAustralia

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