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“Truth” and Trust in Narratives of Organised Disinformation

About the Webinar

The prevalence of online disinformation needs to be understood beyond narrow definitions of fake news, to identify the narrative dynamics of organised propaganda that sustain political cultures. This webinar explores the narratives of online propaganda from the perspective of the state, its opponents and ordinary consumers and producers of disinformation. Talking on “Entrepreneur, antipreneur, saboteur: Philippine narratives of the South China Sea”, Dr Charmaine Willoughby will show how state actors can be both purveyor and consumer of information campaigns, and how opposing online narratives engender different versions of truth. Prof Jason Cabañes, talking on “Weaponising social narratives of progress: On the imaginative dimension of historically distortionist disinformation in the Philippines”, will discuss key narratives that Filipinos draw on in engaging with disinformation campaigns on the Martial Law era, and examine the social dynamics of Filipinos consuming the campaigns, including their distorted view of fact-checking fuelled by populist anti-intellectualism, and openness to pernicious digital influencers who “give voice” to their concerns. Mr Pradipa Rasidi and Ms Gita Elsitra, talking on “Peddling secrecy in a public of distrust: Buzzers as information brokers and conspiracy theorists”, will discuss how political buzzers in Indonesia position themselves as “insiders” of the secret world of politics and their propaganda work as alternative “citizen journalism”.

About the Speakers

Dr Charmaine Willoughby, Assoc Prof of International Studies, De La Salle University

Prof Jason Vincent Cabañes, Prof of Communication, De La Salle University

Pradipa P. Rasidi, MSc Anthropology, University of Indonesia; Digital Rights Officer EngageMedia

Gita N. Elsitra, Assoc researcher LP3ES; MA student Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Waseda University

Nov 22, 2021 10:00 AM in Singapore

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