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Fake news and social media: study on communication as paranoid infection

Grant number: 19/24617-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2020
Effective date (End): December 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Social Psychology
Principal researcher:Ari Fernando Maia
Grantee:Carmen dos Santos Godoy Ura
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências (FC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Bauru. Bauru , SP, Brazil


The importance of fake news, information tracking and manipulation phenomenon is constantly rising. This phenomenon has major importance to psychology, since the understanding of how people mobilized themselves can show and help the comprehension of how the subjects form their conscience inside Power relations. This essay contains papers about the social network communication in neoliberal societies, in which fake news spread out. Those papers review that this way of notify things are not really communication, which includes friendly and thoughtful interaction, in fact that type of message exchange is paranoid infection, which presents the characteristics of passivity and aggressiveness, moreover there is also the exploitation of the subject's interactions generated data, at the service of consumption, for the purpose of directed advertising. Therefore, in today's neoliberal regimes, something is formed during the subject's development, that thing make people able to subjection without any external controller, but the positive coercion is inside the person himself, making him a self-slave. This essay importance is the actual relevance of fake news phenomenon, which needs to be studied in a variety of ways, including the subjective one.

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