The persistence of race, violence, and state in a post-truth world

Bulut, Ergin and Can, Başak. 2024. The persistence of race, violence, and state in a post-truth world. Communication and Race, 1(1), pp. 64-72. ISSN 2834-6955 [Article]

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Decentering presentist and technological explanations behind the global rise of post-truth regimes, we propose thinking about race not as an additive but a vital organizer of right-wing political projects and their post-truth information orders. We present two cases from Turkey. With Roboski massacre in 2011, we remind how information neutrality claimed by the state is a fantasy always loaded with rooted systems of racial inequalities. With the story of minority newspaper Özgür Gündem and state violence against journalism covering the Kurdish conflict in the 1990s, we address the problems of racialized whitewashing behind post-truth scholarship, showing how the racialized nature of news production and state violence is a historical reality. Overall, we underscore the persistence of the nation state in producing racialized regimes of truth and post-truth, involving violence derived from the creation of doubt, infliction of humiliation, and denials of dignity towards the racialized others. We call for scholars of disinformation to not only centralize race but also think in more transnational terms because imperial legacies are in the Global South both visibly and subtly enable the infliction of state violence on racialized minorities and their media producers.

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post-truth; race; nation state; violence; disinformation; authoritarianism; right-wing populism

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies > Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


21 November 2023Accepted
21 February 2024Published Online

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30 Apr 2024 12:08

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30 Apr 2024 12:08

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