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Scepticism fuelled by fake news threatens Africa’s vaccination drive

Chikezie E. Uzuegbunam , August 2nd, 2021


Vaccine nationalism and vaccine imperialism are posing a major challenge to the progress of mass vaccination in most countries across Africa. These countries are struggling to secure enough…


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Coliving y otras paparruchas: La trampa del posmodernismo

anthropologies , March 3rd, 2021


Los tiempos que corren nos están dotando de un nuevo vocabulario para nombrar actitudes, experiencias y soluciones que son aparentemente nuevas, derivadas de unas, aparentemente, nuevas situaciones. D…


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Gefährliche Gerüchte und „fake news“. Die Pest in London im Jahr 1665

Alfred Messerli , May 20th, 2020


Das Stadtbild ist völlig verändert, Vergnügungsstätten sind geschlossen, die Strassen wie ausgestorben. Menschen kaufen Vorräte, backen Brot und hadern mit rigiden Ausgangssperren. In Daniel Defoes „P…


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Gossip—A Thing Humans Do

Chelsea Horton , February 20th, 2020


Gossip and rumor are important informal modes of communication, influencing public opinion and individual actions. But, the distinction between information and falsehood can be difficult to see.  Is…


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The ordeal simulation hypothesis

Alberto Acerbi , June 6th, 2019


You have probably heard the adagio that “man bites dog”, and not “dog bites man”, makes for a good piece of news: unusual, exceptional, events are better stories…


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The WikiLeaks Case: Democracy Dies in Empire

Maximilian C. Forte , April 14th, 2019


In the avalanche of news reports that have washed over the globe since the abduction of Julian Assange, this conversation struck me as containing numerous points of importance….


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Morgue employee cremated by mistake while taking a nap

Alberto Acerbi , February 15th, 2019


Online misinformation, fake news, false news, hoaxes, you name it, has been blamed for almost everything bad happening in the last years, from the success of Trump to…


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Review of 2018, Part 4 (October–December): Nationalism, Deglobalization, plus the US exit from Syria

Maximilian C. Forte , December 23rd, 2018


OCTOBER Where US–Canada relations were concerned, as well as Trump’s trade strategy, NAFTA was the leading event opening the month of October. The US–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) On Monday,…


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Review of 2018, Part 3 (July–September): The Trade War plus Cold War II

Maximilian C. Forte , December 22nd, 2018


JULY June was a month so heavily saturated with key turning point events, that it seemed like the longest month of the year—but then July came. Already, on…


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Top Articles of 2018

Alexandra Frankel , December 17th, 2018


As the year winds down, Anthropology News rounds up our most popular articles of 2018. From critical reflections on the discipline and experiences of it, to grappling with…


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The Helsinki Summit: Trying to Turn the Page on the New Cold War

Maximilian C. Forte , July 17th, 2018


Finally, on Monday, July 16, 2018, the Helsinki Summit bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump took place, despite shrill demands that it be…


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Written in Blood

Alexandra Frankel , July 12th, 2018


 How my research on DNA ancestry tests became fake news. When I was sent a link to a Snopes article  asking, “Did DNA Testing Companies Admit to Altering…


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How “Fake News” Lost Its Meaning

Adam Hodges , June 6th, 2018


Collins Dictionary named “fake news” its 2017 word of the year, an easy choice given the word’s “unprecedented usage increase” of 365 percent over the previous year. Collins…


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A Theory of Propaganda for the Social Media Age

Adam Hodges , April 9th, 2018


Intertextuality and the propagation of disinformation Propaganda typically refers to manipulative techniques and misleading messages used to gain public acquiescence for a political cause, especially …


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Book Review: The Neopopular Bubble: Speculating on ‘the People’ in Late Modern Democracy by Péter Csigó

Rose Deller , February 7th, 2018


In The Neopopular Bubble: Speculating on ‘the People’ in Late Modern Democracy, Péter Csigó argues that the financial crisis of 2008 has prompted the development of novel forms of sense-ma…


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Risk, Trust, and Fulfilment: Reality Tourism, Continued

Maximilian C. Forte , February 1st, 2018


The story of the Razor’s Edge company continues to unfold with the latest release of one of their private videos, the kind which have normally been distributed to prospective clients…


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Fake News: Questions and Resources for Back to Class and All Year Round

Rhiannon Mosher , September 7th, 2017


Ah, fake news.  As a phenomenon, its truthiness is both fascinating (from an epistemological perspective, at least) and highly troubling (from the perspective of anyone who cares about…


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A Bully in the Presidential Bully Pulpit

Adam Hodges , August 10th, 2017


In her book, The Bully Pulpit, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin examines Theodore Roosevelt’s leadership during his time as president. In successfully working to enact progressive reforms, Goodwin argue…


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What’s in a Word? The Importance of Recognizing the Etymology of Words

Jennifer Long , March 27th, 2017


There have been a number of interesting posts lately about the ‘unsavory’ history of some everyday words and phrases in a growing discourse which argues that the use…


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What’s in a Word? The Importance of Recognizing the Etymology of Words

Jennifer Long , March 27th, 2017


There have been a number of interesting posts lately about the ‘unsavory’ history of some everyday words and phrases in a growing discourse which argues that the use…


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Bullshit! Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data Syllabus

Jennifer Long , March 23rd, 2017


We came across this syllabus the other day and can think of many ways in which these open access materials and their analysis can be used in anthropology…


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Bullshit! Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data Syllabus

Jennifer Long , March 23rd, 2017


We came across this syllabus the other day and can think of many ways in which these open access materials and their analysis can be used in anthropology…


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Web Roundup: If it Ledes, it Bleeds by Emily Goldsher-Diamond

Emily Goldsher-Diamond , February 28th, 2017


This contemporary moment begs the question: what is a fact? And how do facts circulate? These questions are historical cornerstones in the study of the production of knowledge,…


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Postmodernism Comes to America

Carie Little Hersh , December 5th, 2016


Fake News and the End of Facts I recently had the pleasure (?) of engaging in a fruitless debate on social media with a friend of a friend….


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