Disinformation, Post-Truth, and Naive Realism in COVID-19: Melting the Truth

Disinformation, Post-Truth, and Naive Realism in COVID-19: Melting the Truth

Vahit Çalişir
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-6825-5.ch014
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Disinformation as an activity of disseminating misinformation finds its justification from the beliefs of individuals. These beliefs are like psychological barriers in minds to see the reality due to naive realism. The power and information relationship triggers authority seekers to produce their own truth. This truth mainly resembles what people want to believe. The post-truth era is proceeding to destroy the truth through making individuals skeptical to the truth. And their means to convey those misinformation is social media. In this chapter, the relationship among the post-truth era, naive realism, and disinformation is focused in terms of COVID-19.
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New Form Of Disinformation In Post-Truth Era

Disinformation can be used for different aims by different people. Therefore this notion's discussion is not new, but most of the literature is full of war stories and debates among rival political groups for public opinion (Guarda, Ohlson, & Romanini, 2018). These debates are also valid for the pre-COVID-19 period of social media. Disinformation through social media to disseminate fake information in the COVID-19 period shows different features that have more global efficacy than previous disinformation problems. These features can be grouped into three sub-titles.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Misinformation: False information.

Naïve realism: To define personal views for any real-world issue as objective and unbiased while others' views not.

Post-Truth: Is an adjective defined as 'relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.

Mal-Information: A truth for harming another person, institution, or state.

Disinformation: Dissemination of misinformation.

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