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Fake news vs media studies: travels in a false binary

Fake news vs media studies: travels in a false binary

McDougall, Julian, author

This book explores the place of Media Studies in the age of 'fake news', analysing the calls for a curriculum of critical news literacy as part of a cyclical policy debate. With the need for young people in democracies to understand mainstream news agendas and take a critical perspective on social media news, including so-called 'fake news', this book argues for Media Studies as a mandatory subject. However, 'fake news' is not presented in the book as a stable, neutral term with a clear definition, but is instead defined as an idea that risks obscuring the key critical and political premise of Media Studies. All media representation requires critical deconstruction: therefore, any distinction between 'real' and 'fake' media is a false binary. The author draws together two narrative strands: one analysing contemporary news and journalism, featuring interviews with journalists and news commentators, and the other re-appraising the discipline of Media Studies itself. This bold and innovative book will appeal to all those interested in the nebulous and often confusing media landscape, as well as students and practitioners of Media Studies

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English.
Published Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan 2019
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Statement of responsibility: Julian McDougall
ISBN: 3030272206, 9783030272197, 9783030272203
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Description based on print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (264 pages) : illustrations
Subject: Media literacy.; Fake news.


  1. Introduction.
  2. Contexts.
  3. Democracy.
  4. Internet.
  5. "All News is Fake News". Discuss.
  6. Post-Truth.
  7. Fake News vs Media Studies.