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Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics

Yochai Benkler, Robert Faris, and Hal Roberts


This book examines the shape, composition, and practices of the United States political media landscape. It explores the roots of the current epistemic crisis in political communication with a focus on the remarkable 2016 U.S. president election culminating in the victory of Donald Trump and the first year of his presidency. The authors present a detailed map of the American political media landscape based on the analysis of millions of stories and social media posts, revealing a highly polarized and asymmetric media ecosystem. Detailed case studies track the emergence and propagation of disin ... More

Keywords: media and democracy, disinformation, fake news, social media, media manipulation, propaganda, post-truth, presidential election, political communication, partisan media

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190923624
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190923624.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yochai Benkler, author
Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard Law School, and Co-Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University

Robert Faris, author
Research Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University

Hal Roberts, author
Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University