Media Manipulation: Ideologies and Political Economies of Intervention in a Digital World
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 29th June 2018
The StoryLab Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University and the ERC-funded “Risking Speech” project at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge hosted a workshop on the topic of “media manipulation”. Manipulation—of attention, opinion, action—has been a salient concern in the recent Euro-American takes on digital media and their role in politics. While the question of media and power is by no means new, attending to how manipulation is imagined and organised at various scales in diverse historical and geographical contexts promises a fresh perspective. The workshop, therefore, explored the relationship between vernacular ideologies of mediated influence and political economies of manipulative interventions both in and beyond Western democracies.