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“Truthy” and “Sticky” Narratives of Euroscepticism

Narratological Approaches to Appropriateness in Digital Contexts

Stefan Groth

This article addresses markers of plausibility and felicity in Eurosceptic narratives on social media that are not based on facts but on sociocultural and contextual appropriateness. Appropriateness is understood here as the contextual fit for specific audiences which includes a range of social and situational factors involved in judgements about the conventionality and propriety of statements. I investigate the construction of appropriateness on Twitter, taking a narrative on the National Health Service in the context of Brexit as an example. I show how Eurosceptic narratives on social media become “truthy” and “sticky”, and how conditions of appropriateness are constructed on Twitter. I bring together approaches from narratology and digital anthropology to show how social media posts in political debate follow distinct evaluation criteria.

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Resist and Revivify

Democratic Theory in a Time of Defiance

Jean-Paul Gagnon and Emily Beausoleil

vitalizing time of defiance . There is power in this. To defy in the name of democracy is to oppose “truthiness,” confront arbitrary decision making, disobey illogic, and dissent from any policy that will, to use Dewey’s phraseology, constitute treason to

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Number Politics after Datafication

Moisés Kopper and Hannah Knox

data is being generated constantly by digital citizens ( Ruppert et al. 2017 ) and dislodging scientific canons of truthiness ( Graan et al. 2020 ). Under the term ‘statactivism’, French quantification scholars began examining the use of ‘numbers

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Anxiety and learning

Cultural polarisation in social science courses

Jose Leonardo Santos

‘anyone's truth becomes as credible as anyone else's’, and ‘truth itself is a casualty … Truth becomes truthiness’ ( Leitch 2014: 60 ). Leitch cites US television host Stephen Colbert's humorous critique: ‘Who is Britannica to tell me George Washington

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The Regime of Invisibility in Closed Spaces of Debate

How and Why Shale Gas Was Perceived as a Non-Problem for Almost a Year in France

Sébastien Chailleux and Philippe Zittoun

. New York : Bloomsbury Press . Paul , Katharina T. , and Christian Haddad . 2019 . “ Beyond Evidence versus Truthiness: Toward a Symmetrical Approach to Knowledge and Ignorance in Policy Studies .” Policy Sciences 52 ( 2 ): 299 – 314