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Information & evil: ethical, political & epistemological disputes in communication in extreme times

Call for Papers

Dossier: Information and evil: ethical, political and epistemological disputes in communication in extreme times

The evil of communication is disinformation. One can contest the universal claim of this statement with the argument that in some cases, such as in a war, misinforming the enemy is beneficial, and this is unquestionably from a strategic point of view. However, in addition to the strategic question, but without disregarding it, the ethical question that arises is to know in which quadrant each voice is located amid complex narrative disputes that do not involve (directly) national armies, but economic, cultural and social projects, with all its political and epistemological nuances.

We are experiencing serious disputes of this kind nowadays. For this reason, when we say that the evil of communication is disinformation, the term here designates the broad set of communicational practices that propagate functional illusions to interest groups - and highly dysfunctional to most people - through the use of slander, defamation, distortion of facts or pure and simple lying.

On the one hand, there is nothing new about this. On the other hand, there is much. No tyrant until the 20th century had broadcasting and no hoaxer until the 21st century had the current resources for surveillance and data mining of entire populations, allowing for massive, directional, ultra-capillary advertising in the form of micro-targeting.

It is this extreme context that mobilizes this dossier, this unprecedented and unforeseen informational ecosystem, whose ubiquity occupies most of the daily lives of more and more people, in which new mutations - fake news, deep fakes, post truth - of old evil beings go viral of communication.

Thus, Scientific Journal Mídia and Everyday Life invites colleagues from the field (or in dialogue with Communication), who investigate topics such as anti-science, negativism, agnotology, conspiracy theories and the like, related to the scope of our proposal, to send us their contributions.

  • Guest Editors: Marco Schneider (UFF and Ibict); Marco Antônio Bonetti (UFJF); Rogério Christofoletti (UFSC).

  • Deadline for submission: July 20, 2021.

  • Date of publication: September 2021.

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  • Please note that the journal requires that at least one of the authors have a PhD or similar, and the coauthors at least a Master's degree


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