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Author Aspray, William, author.

Title From urban legends to political fact-checking : online scrutiny in America, 1990-2015 / by William Aspray, James W. Cortada
Published Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2019]


Description 1 online resource (x, 146 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series History of computing, 2190-684X
History of computing (London, England)
Contents The Concept of Scrutiny -- From Debunking Urban Legends to Political Fact-Checking -- Urban Legends and Rumors Concerning the September 11 Attacks -- Debunking as Hobby, Entertainment, Scholarly Pursuit, and Public Service -- Recent Political Fact-Checking -- Where Do We Go Next?
Summary This text presents an historical examination of political fact-checking, highlighting how this is part of a larger phenomenon of online scrutiny that manifests itself in multiple forms. Reflecting the long history of "fake facts" in America, the book discusses important developments in this area from the emergence of the public Internet in the 1990s to the start of the Trump-Clinton presidential election campaigns. Topics and features: Describes how some of the major players in political fact-checking began with the purpose of scrutinizing and debunking of urban legends Considers how this was part of a wider culture, encompassing B-grade horror movies, truth-or-fiction television shows, and groups warning about computer viruses Explains how such developments are connected, revealing political fact-checking as one of many forms of scrutiny applied in the face of a complex, dangerous world Provides a range of detailed case studies, covering such topics as the rumors surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and academic interest in contemporary legends Discusses how pre-Internet technologies such as bulletin boards, Usenet, and proprietary online service providers such as CompuServe and AOL were used to both disseminate and debunk urban legends Examines the rise of political fact-checking, reviewing all of the major initiatives in this area undertaken in the United States This timely study touches on issues of popular culture and major events, and offers profiles of colorful individuals and organizations, and as such will appeal to a broad audience interested in the history of fact-checking and efforts to protect the political process from falsehoods. Dr. William Aspray is a full professor in the Department of Information Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. His other publications include the Springer books Participation in Computing: The National Science Foundations Expansionary Programs and Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Computing: A Histori cal and Social Study. Dr. James W. Cortada is a Senior Research Fellow at the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Print version record
Subject Fake news.
Common fallacies.
Urban folklore.
Online journalism.
Common fallacies
Fake news
Online journalism
Urban folklore
Genre/Form Urban legends
Online news
Urban legends.
Online news.
L├ęgendes urbaines.
Actualit├ęs en ligne.
Form Electronic book
Author Cortada, James W., author.
ISBN 9783030229528