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Fake Politics

How Corporate and Government Groups Create and Maintain a Monopoly on Truth

Larry Atkins



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Sky Pony Press
02 January 2018
Social & cultural history; Central government policies; Espionage & secret services; Political control & freedoms; Propaganda
In grassroots campaigns, the grass isn't always green-or natural.

In today's chaotic world, where the multiplication of information sources creates competing narratives, credibility is the key to winning the war of ideas. This is the reason why governments and corporations resort to astroturfing-creation of ostensibly grassroots movements set up to advance political agendas and commercial campaigns. The democratization of information and polarization of politics offer a perfect storm.

Fake Politics tells the stories of how this practice has transformed political activism into a veiled lobbying effort by the rich and the powerful. Through a series of vignettes involving the tea party, oil industry, big tobacco, big data, and news media, this book will explore the similarities and differences between various campaigns that appeared as grassroots but, in reality, were lobbying efforts fueled by governments, corporations, major industries, and religious institutions.

The process, named for the artificial grass fields at football stadiums and high schools across the country, became so prevalent in the last two decades that it now sits at a tipping point. In the era of fake news and alternative facts, with the truth well on its way to becoming indistinguishable from fabrication, what can the past of astroturfing tell us about the future of grassroots activism?
By:   Larry Atkins
Imprint:   Sky Pony Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781510705470
ISBN 10:   1510705473
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   02 January 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Larry Atkins: Larry Atkins is a journalist, professor, and lawyer. His writings have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Washington Post, Newsday, and the Huffington Post. He is an adjunct professor of journalism at Temple University. He lives in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.

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