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Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media

George Seldes’ War for the Public Good

Weaponising a Free Press

Authors: Fordham, Helen

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  • Examines the idea of fake news through an analysis of the work of early to mid-twentieth century press critic George Seldes
  • Analyses Seldes’ media criticism of the fake news, lies and propaganda in daily newspapers in the 1930s and 1940s
  • Exposes the historical nature and impact of fake news on public debate, and affirms the critical role of journalists in exposing fake news
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This book examines the idea of fake news through an analysis of the work of early to mid-twentieth century press critic George Seldes. By examining fake news - also known as propaganda and misinformation - from this period it becomes evident that it is a phenomenon that emerges in response to particular social, political and economic conditions. It is, therefore, not a new process but always a feature of the media ecosystem. Seldes’ work makes evident that contemporary anxieties about the role, function, future and credibility of journalism were expressed in the 1930s and 1940s. The same fears were circulated about the consequences of fake news and propaganda on democratic debate. The same concerns were also expressed about how technology extends the circulation of propaganda and fake news, and affects journalism practices. An analysis of Seldes’ media criticism of the fake news, lies and propaganda in daily newspapers in the 1930s and 1940s exposes the historical nature and impact of fake news on public debate, and affirms the critical role of journalists in exposing fake news.

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Helen Fordham is Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
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Hardcover $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-30876-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
George Seldes’ War for the Public Good
Book Subtitle
Weaponising a Free Press
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-30877-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-30877-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-30876-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 146
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