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Hjälp till självhjälp i MIK-bokfloran: Inköpsförslag och boktips

Konspirationsteorier, alternativmedicin och sociala medier: Digiteket listar MIK-relaterade böcker för din egna fortbildning eller som inköpsinspiration om man vill stärka MIK-närvaron i bibliotekets hyllor.

Många medarbetare på  folkbibliotek letar efter olika sätt och vägar för att arbeta mer fördjupat med medie- och informationskunnighet. Ett tillvägagångssätt i detta arbete som sällan nämns handlar om att erbjuda och skylta med böcker relaterade till ämnet, vilket ju är ett arbetssätt som ligger väldigt nära bibliotekens kärnuppdrag. Men vilka böcker ska man köpa in? 

Digiteket har här samlat böcker som på olika sätt är relevanta för att stärka ens medie- och informationskunnighet. Det är böcker som handlar om källkritik och konspirationer, men också sådana som behandlar alternativmedicin, politisk propaganda och nätkultur. Det finns också böcker om hur vi tänker och våra mänskliga bias, fördomar och tankefel men även om vetenskapskunnighet, science literacy, AI och klassisk mediekunnighet. 

Vi har inte läst alla böcker, men de har rekommenderats till oss, eller figurerat på olika typer av listor. Majoriteten av böckerna är på engelska, och vi ser gärna att mängden svenska böcker på listan ökar. De svenska titlarna finns redan, i relativt stor utsträckning, representerade på folkbiblioteken och genererar flertalet träffar i Libris. Fokus ligger framförallt på mer populärvetenskapliga böcker, men några mer akademiska har också slunkit med. Vi har prioriterat nya böcker och tanken är att denna lista kommer uppdateras efter hand. 

Förhoppningsvis hittar ni inspiration, antingen till inköp eller till läsning för egen fortbildnings skull. Varför inte skapa en alldeles egen bokhylla för MIK-böcker på biblioteket! Efter varje titel följer en kort beskrivning av bokens innehåll som är hämtad från respektive förlag samt länkar till boken på Libris och en recension av boken om man vill läsa mer, de har dock inte hittats till alla böcker. 

Titlarna är grovt indelade i kategorier, varav två samlar böcker på svenska. Många böcker skulle såklart kunnat passa in under flera kategorier. 

Hjälp oss gärna att fylla på listan! Hör av er med era bästa tips!


Uppdateringar

1/12 2023

  • Mark Bergen – Like, comment, subscribe: Inside YouTube’s Chaotic Rise to World Domination
  • Dannagal Goldthwaite Young – Wrong: How Media, Politics, and Identity Drive Our Appetite for Misinformation
  • Mike Caulfield och Sam Wineburg – Verified: How to Think Straight, Get Duped Less, and Make Better Decisions about What to Believe Online
  • Peter J. Hotez – Deadly Rise of Anti-Science: A Scientist’s Warning
  • Mike Rothschild – Jewish Space Lasers: The Rothschilds and 200 Years of Conspiracy Theories
  • Jo Teeuwisse – Fake History: 101 Things that Never Happened

21/9 2023

  • Samuel Woolley – Manufacturing Consensus: Understanding Propaganda in the Era of Automation and Anonymity
  • Philip N. Howard – Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives
  • Naomi Klein – Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World
  • Kashmir Hill – Your Face Belongs to Us: A Secretive Startup’s Quest to End Privacy as We Know It

Alternativmedicin och wellness

Conspirituality: How New Age Conspiracy Theories Became a Health Threat 

Derek Beres, Julian Walker, Matthew Remski
Engelska, 2023

Conspirituality takes a deep dive into the troubling phenomenon of influencers who have curdled New Age spirituality and wellness with the politics of paranoia—peddling vaccine misinformation, tales of child trafficking, and wild conspiracy theories.

Fake Medicine: Exposing the wellness crazes, cons and quacks costing us our health

Bradley McKay
Engelska, 2021.

Dr Brad McKay, Australian GP and science communicator, has seen the rise of misinformation permeate our lives and watched as many of us have turned away from health experts. Too often, we place our trust in online influencers, celebrities and Dr Google when it comes to making important health decisions.

Fake Medicine explores the potential dangers of wellness warriors, anti-vaxxers, fad diets, dodgy supplements, alternative practitioners and conspiracy theories.

This book is an essential tool for debunking pseudoscience and protecting you and your loved ones from the health scams that surround us. Protect your mind, body and wallet by fighting fake medicine.

The Gospel of Wellness: Gyms, Gurus, Goop, and the False Promise of Self-Care

Rina Raphael
Engelska, 2022.

Women are pursuing their health like never before. Whether it’s juicing, biohacking, clutching crystals, or sipping collagen, today there is something for everyone, as the wellness industry has grown from modest roots into a $4.4 trillion entity and a full-blown movement promising health and vitality in the most fashionable package. But why suddenly are we all feeling so unwell?

Faktagranskning och kritiskt tänkande

Calling bullshit: the art of scepticism in a data-driven world

Carl T. Bergstrom och Jevin D. West
Engelska, 2020.

Misinformation, disinformation, and fake news abound and it’s increasingly difficult to know what’s true. Our media environment has become hyperpartisan. Science is conducted by press release. Startup culture elevates bullshit to high art. We are fairly well equipped to spot the sort of old-school bullshit that is based in fancy rhetoric and weasel words, but most of us don’t feel qualified to challenge the avalanche of new-school bullshit presented in the language of math, science, or statistics. In Calling Bullshit, Professors Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West give us a set of powerful tools to cut through the most intimidating data.

How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter about Visual Information

Alberto Cairo
Engelska, 2020.

A leading data visualization expert explores the negative―and positive―influences that charts have on our perception of truth. Today, public conversations are increasingly driven by numbers. While charts, infographics, and diagrams can make us smarter, they can also deceive―intentionally or unintentionally. To be informed citizens, we must all be able to decode and use the visual information that politicians, journalists, and even our employers present us with each day. 

Verified: How to Think Straight, Get Duped Less, and Make Better Decisions about What to Believe Online

Mike Caulfield och Sam Wineburg
Engelska, 2023.

An indispensable guide for telling fact from fiction on the internet–often in less than 30 seconds. The internet brings information to our fingertips almost instantly. The result is that we often jump to thinking too fast, without taking a few moments to verify the source before engaging with a claim or viral piece of media. Information literacy expert Mike Caulfield and educational researcher Sam Wineburg are here to enable us to take a moment for due diligence with this informative, approachable guide to the internet. With this illustrated tool kit, you will learn to identify red flags, get quick context, and make better use of common websites like Google and Wikipedia that can help and hinder in equal measure.

Cranky Uncle vs. Climate Change: How to Understand and Respond to Climate Science Deniers 

John Cook
Engelska, 2020.

When it comes to climate change, this truly is a golden age—of fake news, post-truths, pluralistic ignorance, conspiracy theories, a willfully ignorant administration, and the Cranky Uncle. You know him. We all have one. That exasperating Thanksgiving blusterer digs in his heels even as the foundation of his denial thaws faster than the Arctic ice caps.

Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts That Will Save Us

Sara E. Gorman, Jack M. Gorman.
Engelska, 2016.

Why do some parents refuse to vaccinate their children? Why do some people keep guns at home, despite scientific evidence of risk to their family members? And why do people use antibiotics for illnesses they cannot possibly alleviate? When it comes to health, many people insist that science is wrong, that the evidence is incomplete, and that unidentified hazards lurk everywhere.

The Psychology of Fake News

Rainer Greifeneder (redaktör)
Engelska, 2020.

This volume examines the phenomenon of fake news by bringing together leading experts from different fields within psychology and related areas, and explores what has become a prominent feature of public discourse since the first Brexit referendum and the 2016 US election campaign.

Dealing with misinformation is important in many areas of daily life, including politics, the marketplace, health communication, journalism, education, and science. In a general climate where facts and misinformation blur, and are intentionally blurred, this book asks what determines whether people accept and share (mis)information, and what can be done to counter misinformation?

Good thinking: why flawed logic puts us all at risk and how critical thinking can save the world

David Robert Grimes
Engelska, 2022. 

In our ever-more-polarized society, there’s at least one thing we still agree on: The world is overrun with misinformation, faulty logic, and the gullible followers who buy into it all. Of course, we’re not among them—are we?

Scientist David Robert Grimes is on a mission to expose the logical fallacies and cognitive biases that drive our discourse on a dizzying array of topics–from vaccination to abortion, 9/11 conspiracy theories to dictatorial doublespeak, astrology to alternative medicine, and wrongful convictions to racism. But his purpose in Good Thinking isn’t to shame or place blame. Rather, it’s to interrogate our own assumptions–to develop our eye for the glimmer of truth in a vast sea of dubious sources–in short, to think critically.

Think Straight: An Owner’s Manual for the Mind 

Jon Guy
Engelska, 2022.

Put simply, Think Straight is an owner’s manual for the human brain. Drawing from the vast history of scientific and cognitive research, this book is a tour de force through the science and philosophy of the human mind, and what it means to think as a rational human being in the 21st century. Our world is awash in mis- and disinformation, baseless conspiracy theories, New Age ideology, anti-science propaganda, and all manner of magical thinking. Pseudo-experts fill the airwaves with false and bogus claims, news media twist and spin information to suit their ends, celebrities and corporations push evidence-free beliefs on their followers, and politicians continue to mislead the masses with false promises and bad thinking. 

Post-Truth

Lee McIntyre
Engelska, 2018.

Are we living in a post-truth world, where “alternative facts” replace actual facts and feelings have more weight than evidence? How did we get here? In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Lee McIntyre traces the development of the post-truth phenomenon from science denial through the rise of “fake news,” from our psychological blind spots to the public’s retreat into “information silos.”

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: How to Know What’s Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake

Steven Novella med flera.
Engelska, 2018.

It is intimidating to realize that we live in a world overflowing with misinformation, bias, myths, deception, and flawed knowledge. There really are no ultimate authority figures-no one has the secret, and there is no place to look up the definitive answers to our questions (not even Google). Luckily, The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe is your map through this maze of modern life. Here Dr. Steven Novella-along with Bob Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Jay Novella, and Evan Bernstein-will explain the tenets of skeptical thinking and debunk some of the biggest scientific myths, fallacies, and conspiracy theories-from anti-vaccines to homeopathy, UFO sightings to N- rays. You’ll learn the difference between science and pseudoscience, essential critical thinking skills, ways to discuss conspiracy theories with that crazy co- worker of yours, and how to combat sloppy reasoning, bad arguments, and superstitious thinking.

The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread

Cailin O’Connor &  Owen Weatheral
Engelska, 2020. 

Why should we care about having true beliefs? And why do demonstrably false beliefs persist and spread despite bad, even fatal, consequences for the people who hold them?

Philosophers of science Cailin O’Connor and James Weatherall argue that social factors, rather than individual psychology, are what’s essential to understanding the spread and persistence of false beliefs. It might seem that there’s an obvious reason that true beliefs matter: false beliefs will hurt you. But if that’s right, then why is it (apparently) irrelevant to many people whether they believe true things or not?

The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies – How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

Michael Shermer
Engelska, 2012.

Synthesizing thirty years of research, psychologist and science historian Michael Shermer upends the traditional thinking about how humans form beliefs about the world. Simply put, beliefs come first and explanations for beliefs follow. The brain, Shermer argues, is a belief engine. Using sensory data that flow in through the senses, the brain naturally begins to look for and find patterns, and then infuses those patterns with meaning, forming beliefs. Once beliefs are formed the brain begins to look for and find confirmatory evidence in support of those beliefs, accelerating the process of reinforcing them, and round and round the process goes in a positive-feedback loop.

Why People Believe Weird Things 

Michael Shermer
Engelska, 2002.

In this age of supposed scientific enlightenment, many people still believe in mind reading, past-life regression theory, New Age hokum, and alien abduction. A no-holds-barred assault on popular superstitions and prejudices, with more than 80,000 copies in print, Why People Believe Weird Things debunks these nonsensical claims and explores the very human reasons people find otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing. In an entirely new chapter, ”Why Smart People Believe in Weird Things,” Michael Shermer takes on science luminaries like physicist Frank Tippler and others, who hide their spiritual beliefs behind the trappings of science.

Fake History: 101 Things that Never Happened

Jo Teeuwisse
Engelska, 2023.

From the famous quote ’Let them eat cake’ – mistakenly attributed to Marie Antoinette – to the apocryphal horns that adorned Viking helmets, fake history continues to shape the story we tell about who we are and how we got here. With doctored photographs, AI-generated images and false claims about the past circulating in the news and on social media, separating fact from fiction seems harder than ever before. Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse, better known as The Fake History Hunter, is on a one-woman mission to hunt down fake history and reclaim the truth for the rest of us. In this fascinating and illuminating book, Teeuwisse debunks 101 myths so you can correct your friends and family, and arm yourself with the tools to spot and debunk fake history wherever you encounter it.

Foolproof: Why Misinformation Infects Our Minds and How to Build Immunity

Sander Van Der Linden
Engelska, 2023.

From fake news to conspiracy theories, from inflammatory memes to misleading headlines, misinformation has swiftly become the defining problem of our era. The crisis threatens the integrity of our democracies, our ability to cultivate trusting relationships, even our physical and psychological well-being―yet most attempts to combat it have proven insufficient. In Foolproof, one of the world’s leading experts on misinformation lays out a crucial new paradigm for understanding and defending ourselves against the worldwide infodemic.

AI och data

Unmasking AI: My Mission to Protect What Is Human in a World of Machines

Joy Buolamwini
Engelska, 2023. 

To most of us, it seems like recent developments in artificial intelligence emerged out of nowhere to pose unprecedented threats to humankind. But to Dr. Joy Buolamwini, who has been at the forefront of AI research, this moment has been a long time in the making.

After tinkering with robotics as a high school student in Memphis and then developing mobile apps in Zambia as a Fulbright fellow, Buolamwini followed her lifelong passion for computer science, engineering, and art to MIT in 2015. As a graduate student at the “Future Factory,” she did groundbreaking research that exposed widespread racial and gender bias in AI services from tech giants across the world.

Your Face Belongs to Us: A Secretive Startup’s Quest to End Privacy as We Know It

Kashmir Hill
Engelska, 2023.

New York Times tech reporter Kashmir Hill was skeptical when she got a tip about a mysterious app called Clearview AI that claimed it could, with 99 percent accuracy, identify anyone based on just one snapshot of their face. The app could supposedly scan a face and, in just seconds, surface every detail of a person’s online life: their name, social media profiles, friends and family members, home address, and photos that they might not have even known existed. If it was everything it claimed to be, it would be the ultimate surveillance tool, and it would open the door to everything from stalking to totalitarian state control. Could it be true? In this riveting account, Hill tracks the improbable rise of Clearview AI, helmed by Hoan Ton-That, an Australian computer engineer, and Richard Schwartz, a former Rudy Giuliani advisor, and its astounding collection of billions of faces from the internet. The company was boosted by a cast of controversial characters, including conservative provocateur Charles C. Johnson and billionaire Donald Trump backer Peter Thiel—who all seemed eager to release this society-altering technology on the public. 

Data Cartels: The Companies That Control and Monopolize Our Information

Sarah Lamdan
Engelska, 2022.

In our digital world, data is power. Information hoarding businesses reign supreme, using intimidation, aggression, and force to maintain influence and control. Sarah Lamdan brings us into the unregulated underworld of these ”data cartels”, demonstrating how the entities mining, commodifying, and selling our data and informational resources perpetuate social inequalities and threaten the democratic sharing of knowledge. Just a few companies dominate most of our critical informational resources. Often self-identifying as ”data analytics” or ”business solutions” operations, they supply the digital lifeblood that flows through the circulatory system of the internet. 

Computing Taste: Algorithms and the Makers of Music Recommendation

Nick Seaver
Engelska, 2020.

The people who make music recommender systems have lofty goals: they want to broaden listeners’ horizons and help obscure musicians find audiences, taking advantage of the enormous catalogs offered by companies like Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora. But for their critics, recommender systems seem to embody all the potential harms of algorithms: they flatten culture into numbers, they normalize ever-broadening data collection, and they profile their users for commercial ends. 

Distrust: Big Data, Data-Torturing, and the Assault on Science

Gary Smith
Engelska, 2023. 

This thought-provoking book argues that, ironically, science’s credibility is being undermined by tools created by scientists themselves. Scientific disinformation and damaging conspiracy theories are rife because of the internet that science created, the scientific demand for empirical evidence and statistical significance leads to data torturing and confirmation bias, and data mining is fuelled by the technological advances in Big Data and the development of ever-increasingly powerful computers.

Konspirationsteorier

Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories

Rob Brotherton
Engelska, 2017.

In Suspicious Minds, Rob Brotherton decodes the psychology, history, and consequences of conspiracism, and delves into the research that offers insights into why so many of us are drawn to implausible, unproven and un-provable conspiracy theories. They resonate with some of our brain’s built-in quirks and foibles, and tap into some of our deepest desires, fears, and assumptions about the world.

Routledge handbook of conspiracy theories 

Michael Butter and Peter Knight
Engelska, 2020.

This handbook provides the most complete analysis of the phenomenon to date. It analyses conspiracy theories from a variety of perspectives, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. It maps out the key debates, and includes chapters on the historical origins of conspiracy theories, as well as their political significance in a broad range of countries and regions. Other chapters consider the psychology and the sociology of conspiracy beliefs, in addition to their changing cultural forms, functions and modes of transmission. This handbook examines where conspiracy theories come from, who believes in them and what their consequences are.

The Nature of Conspiracy Theories

Michael Butter
Engelska, 2020.

Conspiracy theories seem to be proliferating today. Long relegated to a niche existence, conspiracy theories are now pervasive, and older conspiracy theories have been joined by a constant stream of new ones – that the USA carried out the 9/11 attacks itself, that the Ukrainian crisis was orchestrated by NATO, that we are being secretly controlled by a New World Order that keep us docile via chemtrails and vaccinations. Not to mention the moon landing that never happened. 

Web of Lies: The Lure and Danger of Conspiracy Theories

Aoife Gallagher
Engelska, 2022. 

There are many ways to fall down the rabbit-hole – and it may be far easier than you realise.

Research analyst Aoife Gallagher has spent years investigating the darkest corners of the internet, but what happens when the online world spills into real life? Web of Lies is a fascinating deep dive into the rising threat of conspiratorial thought in Ireland and internationally, and explores how the internet is being used to spread disinformation – polarising society and radicalising people into extremism in the process. With balance and fairness, Gallagher connects the worldʼs oldest hatreds to current online cultures, showing how conspiratorial thinking can proliferate during times of crisis and how to recognise its most harmful impacts. Web of Lies is an urgent, provocative but ultimately hopeful call to protect ourselves and our loved ones, before itʼs too late.

American Madness: The Story of the Phantom Patriot and How Conspiracy Theories Hijacked American Consciousness

Tea Krulos
Engelska, 2023. 

Q-Anon. Fake News. Bohemian Grove. False flag attacks. Deep state. Crisis actors. Whatever Gate. Is any conspiracy worth the life of a believer?

The mainstream news media struggles to understand the power of social media while conspiracy advocates, malicious political movements, and even foreign governments have long understood how to harness the power of fear and the fear of power into lucrative outlets for outrage and money. But what happens when the harbingers of “inside knowledge” go too far?

Red Pill, Blue Pill: How to Counteract the Conspiracy Theories That Are Killing Us

David Neiwert
Engelska, 2020.

A revealing trip down the rabbit hole of conspiracy theories -their appeal, who believes them, how they spread -with an eye to helping people deal with the alt-right conspiracists in their own lives.Conspiracy theories are killing us. Once confined to the fringes of society, this worldview now has adherents numbering in the millions -extending right into the White House. This disturbing look at this alt-right threat to our democratic institutions offers guidance for counteracting the personal toll this destructive mindset can have on relationships and families.

Jewish Space Lasers: The Rothschilds and 200 Years of Conspiracy Theories

Mike Rothschild
Engelska, 2023.

With the current rise of antisemitism, this important book looks at how one Jewish family —the Rothschilds—became a lightning rod for the conspiracy theories of the last two centuries, and how those theories are still very much alive today. In 2018 Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene took to social media to share her suspicions that the California wildfires were started by ‘space solar generators’ which were funded by powerful, mysterious backers. Instantly, thousands of people rallied around her, blaming the fires on “Jewish space lasers” and, ultimately, the Rothschild family. For more than 200 years, the name ”Rothschild” has been synonymous with two things: great wealth, and conspiracy theories about what they’re ”really doing” with it.

The Storm is Upon Us: How QAnon Became a Movement, Cult, and Conspiracy Theory of Everything

Mike Rothschild
Engelska, 2021.

On October 5th, 2017, President Trump made a cryptic remark in the State Dining Room at a gathering of military officials. He said it felt like “the calm before the storm”—then refused to elaborate as puzzled journalists asked him to explain.  But on the infamous message boards of 4chan, a mysterious poster going by “Q Clearance Patriot,” who claimed to be in “military intelligence,” began the elaboration on their own. In the days that followed, Q’s wild yarn explaining Trump’s remarks began to rival the sinister intricacies of a Tom Clancy novel, while satisfying the deepest desires of MAGA-America.  But did any of what Q predicted come to pass? No. Did that stop people from clinging to every word they were reading, expanding its mythology, and promoting it wider and wider? No.

Trust The Plan: The Rise of QAnon and the Conspiracy That Unhinged America

Will Sommer
Engelska, 2023.

The definitive book on QAnon from the reporter knows them best; Will Sommer explains what it is, how it has gained a mainstream following among Republican lawmakers and ordinary citizens, the threat it poses to democracy, and how we can reach those who have embraced the conspiracy and are disseminating its lies.

The Storm is Coming. Trust the Plan. WWG1WGA. You’ve seen the letter Q on TV and in the news – it’s been everywhere from Trump rallies to the January 6th insurrection. “QAnon” used to sound vaguely familiar, somewhat ominous, but not quite mainstream. But what was once a fringe conspiracy theory has now become a household name and its symbols recognizable around the world. How did this happen, who is actually involved, what do they believe, and what do they want?

Conspiracy Theories and the people who believe them

Joseph E Uscinski
Engelska, 2018.

Conspiracy theories are inevitable in complex human societies. And while they have always been with us, their ubiquity in our political discourse is nearly unprecedented. Their salience has increased for a variety of reasons including the increasing access to information among ordinary people, a pervasive sense of powerlessness among those same people, and a widespread distrust of elites. Working in combination, these factors and many other factors are now propelling conspiracy theories into our public sphere on a vast scale.

Escaping the rabbit hole: how to debunk conspiracy theories using facts, logic, and respect 

Mick West
Engelska, 2023.

The Earth is flat, the World Trade Center collapse was a controlled demolition, planes are spraying poison to control the weather, and actors faked the Sandy Hook massacre. All these claims are bunk: falsehoods, mistakes, and in some cases, outright lies. But many people passionately believe one or more of these conspiracy theories. They consume countless books and videos, join like-minded online communities, try to convert those around them, and even, on occasion, alienate their own friends and family. Why is this, and how can you help people, especially those closest to you, break free from the downward spiral of conspiracy thinking? In Escaping the Rabbit Hole, author Mick West shares over a decade’s worth of knowledge and experience investigating and debunking false conspiracy theories through his forum, MetaBunk.org, and sets forth a practical guide to helping friends and loved ones recognize these theories for what they really are.

Conspiracy Theory and the Nordic Countries

Andreas Önnerfors med flera.
Engelska, 2020.

This book explores the relevance of conspiracy theories in the modern social and political history of the Nordic countries. The Nordic countries have traditionally imagined themselves as stable, wealthy, egalitarian welfare states. Conspiracy theories, mistrust and disunity, the argument goes, happened elsewhere in Europe (especially Eastern Europe), the Middle East or in the United States. This book paints a different picture by demonstrating that conspiracy theories have always existed in the Nordic region, both as a result of structural tensions between different groups and in the aftermath of traumatic events, but seem to have become more prominent over the last 30 or 40 years. 

Information, medier och propaganda

Invisible search and online search engines: the ubiquity of search in everyday life 

Jutta Haider and Olof Sundin
Engelska, 2019.

Invisible Search and Online Search Engines considers the use of search engines in contemporary everyday life and the challenges this poses for media and information literacy. Looking for mediated information is mostly done online and arbitrated by the various tools and devices that people carry with them on a daily basis. Because of this, search engines have a significant impact on the structure of our lives, and personal and public memories. Haider and Sundin consider what this means for society, whilst also uniting research on information retrieval with research on how people actually look for and encounter information.

Paradoxes of Media and Information Literacy: The Crisis of Information 

Jutta Haider and Olof Sundin
Engelska, 2022

Paradoxes of Media and Information Literacy: The Crisis of Information contributes to ongoing conversations about control of knowledge and different ways of knowing. It does so by analysing how media and information literacy (MIL) is proposed as a solution for addressing society’s crisis of information. Questioning why MIL is commonly believed to wield such power, the book throws into sharp relief several paradoxes that are built into common understandings of such literacies. Haider and Sundin take the reader on a journey across different fields of practice, research and policymaking, including librarianship, information studies, teaching and journalism, media and communication and the educational sciences.

Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives

Philip N. Howard
Engelska, 2020.

Artificially intelligent “bot” accounts attack politicians and public figures on social media. Conspiracy theorists publish junk news sites to promote their outlandish beliefs. Campaigners create fake dating profiles to attract young voters. We live in a world of technologies that misdirect our attention, poison our political conversations, and jeopardize our democracies. With massive amounts of social media and public polling data, and in-depth interviews with political consultants, bot writers, and journalists, Philip N. Howard offers ways to take these “lie machines” apart.

The Power of Platforms: Shaping Media and Society

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Sarah Anne Ganter 
Engelska, 2022. 

More people today get news via Facebook and Google than from any news organization in history, and smaller platforms like Twitter serve news to more users than all but the biggest media companies. In The Power of Platforms, Rasmus Kleis Nielsen and Sarah Anne Ganter draw on original interviews and other qualitative evidence to analyze the ”platform power” that a few technology companies have come to exercise in public life, the reservations publishers have about platforms, as well as the reasons why publishers often embrace them nonetheless.

Subversion: The Strategic Weaponization of Narratives

Andreas Krieg
Engelska, 2023.

Now more than ever, communities across the world are integrated into a complex, global information ecosystem that shapes the nature of social, political, and economic life. The ripple effects of actors trying to manipulate or disrupt this information ecosystem are far more severe than the primary effects that are merely being felt in the information space. In fact, the weaponization of narratives has already shown its potential to transform the character of conflict in the twenty-first century.

Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era

Daniel J. Levitin
Engelska, 2017.

Investigating numerical misinformation, Daniel Levitin shows how mishandled statistics and graphs can give a grossly distorted perspective and lead us to terrible decisions. Wordy arguments on the other hand can easily be persuasive as they drift away from the facts in an appealing yet misguided way. The steps we can take to better evaluate news, advertisements, and reports are clearly detailed. Ultimately, Levitin turns to what underlies our ability to determine if something is true or false: the scientific method.

On Disinformation: How to Fight for Truth and Protect Democracy

Lee McIntyre
Engelska, 2023.

The effort to destroy facts and make America ungovernable didn’t come out of nowhere. It is the culmination of seventy years of strategic denialism. In On Disinformation, Lee McIntyre shows how the war on facts began, and how ordinary citizens can fight back against the scourge of disinformation that is now threatening the very fabric of our society. Drawing on his twenty years of experience as a scholar of science denial, McIntyre explains how autocrats wield disinformation to manipulatea populace and deny obvious realities, why the best way to combat disinformation is to disrupt its spread, and most importantly, how we can win the war on truth.

The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right

David Neiwert
Engelska, 2009.

The Eliminationists describes the malignant influence of right-wing hate talk on the American conservative movement. Tracing much of this vitriol to the dank corners of the para-fascist right, award-winning reporter David Neiwert documents persistent ideas and rhetoric that champion the elimination of opposition groups. As a result of this hateful discourse, Neiwert argues, the broader conservative movement has metastasized into something not truly conservative, but decidedly right-wing and potentially dangerous.

This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality

Peter Pomerantsev
Engelska, 2019.

When information is a weapon, every opinion is an act of war. We live in a world of influence operations run amok, where dark ads, psyops, hacks, bots, soft facts, ISIS, Putin, trolls, and Trump seek to shape our very reality. In this surreal atmosphere created to disorient us and undermine our sense of truth, we’ve lost not only our grip on peace and democracy — but our very notion of what those words even mean. Peter Pomerantsev takes us to the front lines of the disinformation age—from Kiev to Manilla–where he meets Twitter revolutionaries and pop-up populists, “behavioral change” salesmen, Jihadi fanboys, Identitarians, truth cops, and many others.

The Media and Me: A Guide to Critical Media Literacy for Young People

Project Censored och The Media Revolution Collective
Engelska, 2022.

During the recent presidential election, “media literacy” became a buzzword that signified the threat media manipulation posed to democratic processes. Meanwhile, statistical research has shown that 8 to 18 year-olds pack more than eleven hours with some form of media into each day by “media multitasking.” Young people are not only eager and interested to learn about and discuss the realities of media ownership, production, and distribution, they also deserve to understand differential power structures in how media influences our culture. The Media and Me provides readers with the tools and perspectives to be empowered and autonomous media users. 

Active Measures: The Secret History of Disinformation and Political Warfare

Tomas Rid
Engelska, 2021.

This revelatory and dramatic history of disinformation traces the rise of secret organized deception operations from the interwar period to contemporary internet troll farms. We live in the age of disinformation―of organized deception. Spy agencies pour vast resources into hacking, leaking, and forging data, often with the goal of weakening the very foundation of liberal democracy: trust in facts. Thomas Rid, a renowned expert on technology and national security, was one of the first to sound the alarm. More than four months before the 2016 election, he warned that Russian military intelligence was “carefully planning and timing a high-stakes political campaign” to disrupt the democratic process. But as crafty as such so-called active measures have become, they are not new.

The Art of Political Storytelling: Why Stories Win Votes in Post-truth Politics

Philip Sargeant
Engelska, 2020.

In our post-truth world, tapping into people’s emotions has proved far more effective than rational argument – and, as Philip Seargeant argues in this illuminating and entertaining book, the most powerful tool for manipulating emotions is a gripping narrative.

From Trump’s America to Brexit Britain, weaving a good story, featuring fearless protagonists, challenging quests against seemingly insurmountable odds, and soundbite after soundbite of memorable dialogue has been at the heart of political success. So does an understanding of the art of storytelling help explain today’s successful political movements? Can it translate into a blueprint for victory at the ballot box?

The Propagandists’ Playbook: How Conservative Elites Manipulate Search and Threaten Democracy

Francesca Bolla Tripodi
Engelska, 2022. 

The Propagandists’ Playbook peels back the layers of the right-wing media manipulation machine to reveal why its strategies are so effective and pervasive, while also humanizing the people whose worldviews and media practices conservatism embodies. Based on interviews and ethnographic observations of two Republican groups over the course of the 2017 Virginia gubernatorial race—including the author’s firsthand experience of the 2017 Unite the Right rally—the book considers how Google algorithms, YouTube playlists, pundits, and politicians can manipulate audiences, reaffirm beliefs, and expose audiences to more extremist ideas, blurring the lines between reality and fiction.

Wrong: How Media, Politics, and Identity Drive Our Appetite for Misinformation

Dannagal Goldthwaite Young
Engelska, 2023.

An engaging look at how American politics and media reinforce partisan identity and threaten democracy. Why are so many of us wrong about so much? From COVID-19 to climate change to the results of elections, millions of Americans believe things that are simply not true–and act based on these misperceptions. In Wrong: How Media, Politics, and Identity Drive Our Appetite for Misinformation, expert in media and politics Dannagal Goldthwaite Young offers a comprehensive model that illustrates how political leaders and media organizations capitalize on our social and cultural identities to separate, enrage, and–ultimately–mobilize us. Through a process of identity distillation encouraged by public officials, journalists, political and social media, Americans’ political identities–how we think of ourselves as members of our political team–drive our belief in and demand for misinformation. It turns out that if being wrong allows us to comprehend the world, have control over it, or connect with our community, all in ways that serve our political team, then we don’t want to be right.

Manufacturing Consensus: Understanding Propaganda in the Era of Automation and Anonymity

Samuel Woolley
Engelska, 2023.

Until recently, propaganda was a top-down, elite-only system of communication control used largely by state actors. Samuel Woolley argues that social media has democratized today’s propaganda, allowing nearly anyone to launch a fairly sophisticated, computationally enhanced influence campaign. Woolley shows how social media, with its anonymity and capacity for automation, allows a wide variety of groups to build the illusion of popularity through computational tools (such as bots) and human-driven efforts (such as sockpuppets—real people assuming false identities online—and partisan influencers). They use these technologies and strategies to create a bandwagon effect by bringing the content into parallel discussions with other legitimate users, or to mold discontent for political purposes.

Nätkultur

It came from something awful: How a Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump into Office

Dale Beran
Engelska, 2019

The internet has transformed the ways we think and act, and by consequence, our politics. The most impactful recent political movements on the far left and right started with massive online collectives of teenagers. Strangely, both movements began on the same website: an anime imageboard called 4chan.org. It Came from Something Awful is the fascinating and bizarre story of sites like 4chan and 8chan and their profound effect on youth counterculture.

Anti-vaxxers: How to Challenge a Misinformed Movement

Jonathan M. Berman
Engelska, 2020.

Vaccines are a documented success story, one of the most successful public health interventions in history. Yet there is a vocal anti-vaccination movement, featuring celebrity activists (including Kennedy scion Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and actress Jenny McCarthy) and the propagation of anti-vax claims through books, documentaries, and social media. In Anti-Vaxxers, Jonathan Berman explores the phenomenon of the anti-vaccination movement, recounting its history from its nineteenth-century antecedents to today’s activism, examining its claims, and suggesting a strategy for countering them.

Hype: How Scammers, Grifters, and Con Artists Are Taking Over the Internet―and Why We’re Following

Gabrielle Bluestone
Engelska, 2021. 

We live in an age where scams are the new normal. A charismatic entrepreneur sells thousands of tickets to a festival that never happened. Respected investors pour millions into a start-up centered around fake blood tests. Reviewers and celebrities flock to London’s top-rated restaurant that’s little more than a backyard shed. These unsettling stories of today’s viral grifters have risen to fame and hit the front-page headlines, yet the curious conundrum remains: Why do these scams happen?

Should You Believe Wikipedia?: Online Communities and the Construction of Knowledge

Amy Bruckmann
Engelska, 2022.

As we interact online we are creating new kinds of knowledge and community. How are these communities formed? How do we know whether to trust them as sources of information? In other words, Should we believe Wikipedia? This book explores what community is, what knowledge is, how the internet facilitates new kinds of community, and how knowledge is shaped through online collaboration and conversation. 

The Doctor Who Fooled the World: Andrew Wakefield’s War on Vaccines

Brian Deer
Engelska, 2020.

From San Francisco to Shanghai, from Vancouver to Venice, controversy over vaccines is erupting around the globe. Fear is spreading. Banished diseases have returned. And a militant ”anti-vax” movement has surfaced to campaign against immunization. But why? In The Doctor Who Fooled the World, award-winning investigative reporter Brian Deer exposes the truth behind the crisis. Writing with the page-turning tension of a detective story, he unmasks the players and unearths the facts. Where it began. Who was responsible. How they pulled it off. Who paid.

Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World

Tara Isabella Burton
Engelska, 2020.

A sparklingly strange odyssey through the kaleidoscope of America’s new spirituality: the cults, practices, high priests and prophets of our supposedly post-religion age. Fifty-five years have passed since the cover of Time magazine proclaimed the death of God and while participation in mainstream religion has indeed plummeted, Americans have never been more spiritually busy. While rejecting traditional worship in unprecedented numbers, today’s Americans are embracing a kaleidoscopic panoply of spiritual traditions, rituals, and subcultures — from astrology and witchcraft to SoulCycle and the alt-right.

Meme Wars: The Untold Story of the Online Battles Upending Democracy in America

Joan Donovan med flera.
Engelska, 2022.

Memes have long been dismissed as inside jokes with no political importance. Nothing could be further from the truth. Memes are bedrock to the strategy of conspiracists such as Alex Jones, provocateurs like Milo Yiannopoulos, white nationalists like Nick Fuentes, and tacticians like Roger Stone. While the media and most politicians struggle to harness the organizing power of the internet, the “redpill right” weaponizes memes, pushing conspiracy theories and disinformation into the mainstream to drag people down the rabbit hole.

The Influencer Industry: The Quest for Authenticity on Social Media

Emily Hund
Engelska, 2023.

Before there were Instagram likes, Twitter hashtags, or TikTok trends, there were bloggers who seemed to have the passion and authenticity that traditional media lacked. The Influencer Industry tells the story of how early digital creators scrambling for work amid the Great Recession gave rise to the multibillion-dollar industry that has fundamentally reshaped culture, the flow of information, and the way we relate to ourselves and each other.

Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World

Naomi Klein
Engelska, 2023.

Not long ago, the celebrated activist and public intellectual Naomi Klein had just such an experience―she was confronted with a doppelganger whose views she found abhorrent but whose name and public persona were sufficiently similar to her own that many people got confused about who was who. Destabilized, she lost her bearings, until she began to understand the experience as one manifestation of a strangeness many of us have come to know but struggle to define: AI-generated text is blurring the line between genuine and spurious communication; New Age wellness entrepreneurs turned anti-vaxxers are scrambling familiar political allegiances of left and right; and liberal democracies are teetering on the edge of absurdist authoritarianism, even as the oceans rise. Under such conditions, reality itself seems to have become unmoored. Is there a cure for our moment of collective vertigo?

Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy

Talia Lavin
Engelska, 2021.

Culture Warlords is the story of how Lavin, a frequent target of extremist trolls (including those at Fox News), dove into a byzantine online culture of hate and learned the intricacies of how white supremacy proliferates online. Within these pages, she reveals the extremists hiding in plain sight online: Incels. White nationalists. White supremacists. National Socialists. Proud Boys. Christian extremists

Extremely Online

Taylor Lorenz
Engelska, 2023.

Acclaimed Washington Post reporter Taylor Lorenz presents a groundbreaking social history of the internet—revealing how online influence and the creators who amass it have reshaped our world, online and off.For over a decade, Taylor Lorenz has been the authority on internet culture, documenting its far-reaching effects on all corners of our lives. Her reporting is serious yet entertaining and illuminates deep truths about ourselves and the lives we create online. 

Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism

Amanda Montell
Engelska, 2021.

What makes “cults” so intriguing and frightening? What makes them powerful? The reason why so many of us binge Manson documentaries by the dozen and fall down rabbit holes researching suburban moms gone QAnon is because we’re looking for a satisfying explanation for what causes people to join—and more importantly, stay in—extreme groups. We secretly want to know: could it happen to me? Amanda Montell’s argument is that, on some level, it already has.

Momfluenced: Inside the Maddening, Picture-Perfect World of Mommy Influencer Culture

Sara Petersen
Engelska, 2023.

On Instagram, the private work of mothering is turned into a public performance, generating billions of dollars. The message is simple: we’re all just a couple of clicks away from a better, more beautiful experience of motherhood. Linen-clad momfluencers hawking essential oils, parenting manuals, baby slings, and sponsored content for Away suitcases make us want to forget that the reality of mothering in America is an isolating, exhausting, almost wholly unsupported endeavor. In a culture which denies mothers basic human rights, it feels good to click “purchase now” on whatever a momfluencer might be selling. It feels good to hope.

So You´ve been Publicly Shamed

Jon Ronson
Engelska, 2016.

For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us – people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they’re being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job.

Off the Edge: Flat Earthers, Conspiracy Culture, and Why People Will Believe Anything

Kelly Weill
Engelska, 2023.

Since 2015, there has been a spectacular boom in a centuries-old delusion: that the earth is flat. More and more people believe that we all live on a pancake-shaped planet, capped by a solid dome and ringed by an impossible wall of ice. In Off the Edge, journalist Kelly Weill draws a direct line from today’s conspiratorial moment, brimming not just with Flat Earthers but also anti-vaxxers and QAnon followers, back to the early days of Flat Earth theory in the 1830s. We learn the natural impulses behind these beliefs: when faced with a complicated world out of our control, humans have always sought patterns to explain the inexplicable. But something else has shifted. Powered by Facebook and YouTube algorithms, the Flat Earth movement is growing.

På svenska (för barn)

Konspirationsteorier

Tomas Dömstedt
Svenska, 2021.

Var månlandningen en bluff? Styrs världen av en hemlig sammansvärjning? Har covid-19 skapats medvetet? Stora händelser kan vara svåra att förstå, och ibland vill man inte tro på den officiella förklaringen. Då kan det lätt uppstå konspirationsteorier, idéer om att något annat – större – ligger bakom. Konspirationsteorier är inget nytt, men i dag sprids de snabbare och lättare än någonsin. I den här boken beskrivs några av de vanligaste konspirationsteorierna, men också vad som utmärker konspirationsteorier generellt och hur man kan lära sig att känna igen dem.

Lögndetektorn: den lätta guiden till källkritik på nätet

Hugo Ewald Hurinsky
Svenska, 2022.

Träna upp din egen lögndetektor! På internet kan vem som helst göra inlägg och berätta historier. Det är jättebra att människor kan göra sina röster hörda. Men det innebär också att vem som helst kan hitta på vad som helst som snabbt få stor spridning. Det är lätt att ryckas med och dela vidare, men genom att få koll på några saker blir det enklare att genomskåda lögnen. Och det är här denna bok kommer in! 

Tänk som en forskare

Emma Frans
Svenska, 2022.

Vad är egentligen vetenskap? Med tydliga exempel och en stor portion humor guidar den välkända medicinska forskaren Emma Frans oss genom vetenskapens fantastiska – och ibland snåriga – djungel.

När du tänker på vetenskap kanske du tänker på att utforska rymden eller att blanda kemiska ämnen på ett laboratorium. Och visst kan det vara vetenskap, men vetenskap är också så mycket mer.

Koll på nätet

Monika Staub Halling 
Svenska, 2019.

En lättläst och lättillgänglig genomgång av hur det funkar på nätet. Boken är uppdelad i fyra avdelningar: ”Vi är nätet”, ”Du på nätet”, ”Hitta på nätet” och ”Koll på källan”, som bland annat tar upp frågor om upphovsrätt, att dela eller inte, kränkningar, grooming, filterbubblor, klickbete, de fem källkritiska frågorna och mycket annat. Allt avslutas med en ordlista med förklaringar av viktiga nätord.Alla vi som använder nätet är tillsammans nätet! Det är vi som påverkar hur det ser ut genom den information vi sprider och hur vi beter oss mot andra.

På svenska (för vuxna)

Putins troll: sanna berättelser från fronten i Rysslands informationskrig 

Jessikka Aro
Svenska, 2022

Nätspionage, fejknyheter, cyberattacker, mordhot och hatkampanjer utförda av PR-proffs och troll på sociala medier. I Kremls krig mot civila på internet är alla medel tillåtna. Varje kritisk röst räknas som en fiende och när dessa ska tystas sparas det varken på resurser eller tas någon hänsyn till lagar. I Putins troll dokumenterar journalisten Jessikka Aro med stor noggrannhet flera smutskastningsoperationer som har genomförts under de senaste åren. 

Vad gör unga på nätet?

Elza Dunkels
Svenska, 2022. 

Det finns många åsikter om vad unga gör på nätet. Massmedierna fylls av larmrapporter och varningar kring nätmobbning och sexuella övergrepp. Hur ska man förhålla sig till ungas nätanvändning? Vilka krav är rimliga att ställa? Vilka regler ska gälla?

I VAD GÖR UNGA PÅ NÄTET? visar Elza Dunkels hur viktigt det är att kunskaperna om unga och nätet sätts in i ett sammanhang. Om vi vill förstå räcker det inte med att iaktta på avstånd. Vi måste våga ställa frågor, såväl i klassrummet som vid middagsbordet. Den bästa informationen om ungas nätanvändning får vi inte från kvällstidningarnas löpsedlar. Den får vi från ungdomarna själva.

Expertparadoxen

Emma Frans 
Svenska, 2023.

Tänk dig en värld utan experter. Lite skönt att slippa alla besserwissrar och förståsigpåare, kanske? Men om alla experter försvann skulle du nog snabbt bli rätt vilsen. För det är ju ofta experter som leder dig rätt. Både när du vill kontrollera ett konstigt födelsemärke, ta körkort eller veta vad det ska bli för väder i helgen. Under de senaste åren, inte minst under covid-19-pandemin, har många vänt sig till vetenskapliga auktoriteter för att få definitiva svar, bara för att inse att forskare ibland är oeniga och att forskare kan ha fel. Så när ska du lyssna på forskarna? Och vad händer när forskare har fel?

Larmrapporten

Emma Frans
Svenska, 2017.

Hur avgör du vad som är vinklade nyheter och rena påhitt? Och är vetenskapliga rön ens vetenskapliga? I tider av ”alternativa fakta”, fejknyheter och halvsanningar kommer forskaren och vetenskapsevangelisten Emma Frans med en välbehövlig guide för att tolka både nyhets ödet och påståenden från bekanta. Larmrapporten ger dig vetenskapskoll för att förstå hur fakta och påstådda fakta ska bedömas. Boken riktar sig till såväl ungdomar som vuxna.

Sant, falskt eller mittemellan?

Emma Frans
Svenska, 2018.

I ”Sant, falskt eller mittemellan” redogör Emma Frans för de vetenskapliga svaren på stora och små frågor om allt från hälsa till kärlek; som vanligt underhållande men ändå pedagogisk och korrekt. Och genom alla exemplen får läsaren ytterligare en lektion i vetenskapligt tänkande och hur trovärdiga och tillförlitliga olika forskningsmetoder verkligen är, samtidigt som en hel del myter bekräftas eller avfärdas.

Wikipedia inifrån

Johan Jönsson
Svenska, 2022.

Alla använder Wikipedia, men hur fungerar det egentligen? Följ med bakom kulisserna till kunskapen som styr världen. Lättsamt och underhållande guidar den mångårige Wikipedia-medarbetaren Johan Jönsson till idén, ideologin och människorna bakom uppslagsverket.

Viralgranskarens handbok: källkritik och självförsvar på nätet

Åsa Larsson & Linnéa Jonjons
Svenska, 2018.

Vem är det som luras på nätet? Och varför? Viralgranskarens handbok går bakom kulisserna och presenterar dig för de som luras på nätet. Här ges en omfattande genomgång av hur och varför fejkade eller missvisande påståenden spridits i Sverige de senaste åren. Som läsare får du dessutom praktiska tips om hur du själv kan genomskåda bluffar och lögner.

Från världskrig till nätkrig: Hundra år som formade internet

Jonathan Lundberg
Svenska, 2021.

På 1920-talet beskrevs massmedierna som demokratins dödgrävare. Där spreds hat, lögner och propaganda snabbare än någonsin tidigare i historien. I detta hav av information skulle folk inte klara av att skilja sant från falskt, utan följa den som väckte starkast känslor. På 2020-talet beskrivs de sociala medierna likadant. Där sprider extremister och konspirationsteoretiker sitt hat, sina lögner och sin propaganda snabbare än någonsin tidigare i historien. Den nya tekniken får återigen bära skulden för demokratins kris.

Sverigevänner: ett reportage om det svenska nätkriget

Jonathan Lundberg
Svenska, 2019.

På internet rasar ett krig. I en skyttegrav ligger Sverigedemokraterna. I den andra ligger mångkultur, feminism och hbtq-frågor. Och kriget går i en tydlig riktning. För att förstå SD:s framgångar på internet måste man se nätkriget utifrån dess soldater. Då framträder ett kulturkrig mellan konservativa och liberaler, där internet bara är verktyget. Det är ett slag om svenskarnas uppmärksamhet, som sträcker sig långt bortom Facebook, Instagram och Youtube.

Historiemissbrukarna: ett korrektur till lögnerna och villfarelserna om Sverige under andra världskriget

Mikael Nilsson
Svenska, 2022. 

Historieskrivningen om Sveriges agerande under andra världskriget har gått från att vara ett spörsmål för några få historieintresserade till att bli ett slagträ i den svenska inrikespolitiska debatten. Riksdagspartier och profilerade debattörer har gjort gällande att den svenska samlingsregeringens neutralitetspolitik under kriget var att betrakta som nazistiskt medlöperi.

Spelet om klimatet: vem kan man lita på i klimatdebatten? 

Maths Nilsson
Svenska, 2021.

Klimatforskarna är eniga: Jordens klimat blir allt varmare och det beror nästan uteslutande på mänsklig aktivitet, inte minst genom förbränning av fossila bränslen. Men vissa tvivlar på detta, och det är ingen slump.I Spelet om klimatet beskrivs hur välorganiserade krafter, främst den mäktiga oljeindustrin, agerat för att så tvivel om klimatforskarnas slutsatser bland politiker, journalister och allmänheten för att skydda sina ekonomiska och ideologiska intressen och bromsa politiska beslut. Skickligt iscensatta kampanjer med hjälp av självutnämnda experter och massiv spridning av falsk information är bara några exempel på hur man agerat.

Tvivel: En bok om faktaförvirring

Maths Nilsson
Svenska, 2017.

Forskarna sägs vara eniga om att klimathotet är allvarligt men det är ändå inget USA:s regering accepterar. I Sverige har miljöministern anmälts för ministerstyre och ensidighet i klimatpolitiken. Men det är inte den enda frågan där vetenskapen ifrågasätts, samma infekterade debatt rasar inom en lång rad andra områden där vetenskap står mot ekonomi, ideologi och känslor. Vem lurar till exempel vem i LCHF-debatten? Vågar man vaccinera sina barn? Är alla de klassiska miljöfrågorna egentligen bara ett påhitt av hysteriska miljöorganisationer? Denna faktaförvirring börjar nu också påverka flera politiska frågor som berör oss alla.

Fakta, fejk, fiktion: källkritik, ämnesdidaktik, digital kompetens 

Thomas Nygren
Svenska, 2019.

I ett ständigt föränderligt medielandskap krävs att dina elever har både goda ämneskunskaper och uppdaterade digitala färdigheter. I boken Fakta, fejk och fiktion – källkritik, ämnesdidaktik, digital kompetens får du som lärare konkreta exempel på undervisningsdesign att använda för att utveckla dina elevers digitala källkritiska förmåga, utifrån den senaste forskningen på området. Som lärare ska du kunna avgöra när och hur det digitala kan användas för att på bästa sätt stödja lärandet, men också när det hindrar.

Kvacksalveri!: Från blodiglar till detox

Peter Olausson
Svenska, 2021.

Vad är kvacksalveri? Hur har det sett ut genom historien? Vad är riskerna med dagens alternativmedicinska behandlingar? På 1870-talet kunde det rekommenderas att skölja ner tre levande daggmaskar med en sup fotogen mot halsåkommor. Ännu äldre är tron på de fyra kroppsvätskorna och deras betydelse för hälsan. Men kvacksalveri hör inte bara till historien. Många äter hälsokost, gör detox, får healing och akupunktur. I Kvacksaliveri! får du lära känna alla de behandlingar och medel som genom historien ofta skadat mer än de gjort nytta. Det är fascinerande beskrivningar av ibland bisarra metoder som många ändå väljer att tro på, i jakt på hälsa och välbefinnande.

Salvekvick och kvacksalveri: alternativmedicinen under luppen 

Simon Singh & Edzard Ernst
Svenska, 2008. 

Välkommen till alternativmedicinens värld! Tusen och åter tusen är de som försökt kurera sig med akupunktur, örtmediciner eller homeopatiska produkter. Men vilka metoder fungerar egentligen och vilka är farliga eller i bästa fall harmlösa?

Äntligen kan den vetgirige få svar, tack vare Simon Singh och Edzard Ernst, världens förste professor i alternativmedicin. Tillsammans har de skrivit den definitiva boken i ämnet, Salvekvick och kvacksalveri. Alternativmedicinen under luppen. 

Källkritik Fjärde upplagan 

Torsten Thurén & Jack Werner
Svenska, 2019.

Hur kan jag veta om det är sant? Den källkritiska metoden är ett effektivt instrument för att värdera och bedöma olika källors tillförlitlighet. I teorin är källkritiken relativt enkel. Den består av några få tumregler som kan förefalla självklara. Men i praktiken kan källkritik vara mycket svår. Boken är därför uppbyggd kring ett stort antal konkreta exempel hämtade från en rad olika områden, som arkeologi, historia, antropologi, rättsväsen och journalistik.

Allt är en konspiration: en resa genom underlandet 

Kent Werne
Svenska, 2019.

Låg USA:s regering bakom 9/11? Mördades John F. Kennedy av CIA? Dirigeras flyktingströmmarna av George Soros? Är klimathotet en bluff? Styrs världen egentligen av Bilderberggruppen, Illuminati, muslimer eller judiska finansmän? Många tror det. Där vissa ser lobbyism, ideologi och marknadskrafter ser andra en konspiration, en hemlig sammansvärjning som fejkar terrordåd, skapar finanskriser, mördar olydiga politiker, kontrollerar medierna och manipulerar demokratin. De kallas konspirationsteoretiker. Själva ser de sig som sanningssökare. Och de sprider sin sanning genom böcker, filmer och i sociala medier, i en växande ekokammare.

Konspirationsfeber 

Kent Werne
Engelska, 2021.

Skapades coronaviruset av vaccinindustrin och Bill Gates? Är viruset ett biovapen? Bör skulden läggas på 5G-tekniken? Är pandemin rentav en gigantisk bluff? Coronapandemin har inte bara orsakat död och nedstängningar. Den har också framkallat konspirationsfeber. Viruset hade knappt lämnat Wuhan innan konspirationsteorierna började spridas i sociala medier. Snart satte de också avtryck i verkligheten: mobilmaster stacks i brand, folk vägrade följa restriktionerna, pandemiförnekare protesterade på gatorna och vaccinationsviljan minskade.

”Ja skiter i att det är fejk det är förjävligt ändå”: om myter på nätet, fejkade berättelser och vikten av källkritik

Jack Werner
Svenska, 2018.

En flicka får kvarsittning eftersom hennes mobil pryds av svenska flaggan. Men nyheten är fejk. När Mats får veta det blir han likväl upprörd. ”Ja skiter i att det är fejk det är förjävligt ändå”, skriver han på Facebook. Vad gör internet med vår verklighetsuppfattning? Genom att granska påhitt, rykten, legender, propaganda och lögner berättar Jack Werner om nätets påverkan på sanningen och vad vi kan göra för att genomskåda den virala lögnen.

Alternativa fakta: om kunskapen och dess fiender 

Åsa Wikforss
Svenska, 2020.

Finns det alternativa fakta? Är kunskap en social konstruktion? Kan något vara sant för mig men inte för dig, eller är sanning något objektivt? Åsa Wikforss, professor i teoretisk filosofi, undersöker det omdiskuterade fenomenet kunskapsresistens från ett filosofiskt perspektiv. Hon diskuterar vad kunskap är, vilka psykologiska mekanismer som ligger bakom resistensen mot fakta och hur vi kan motverka en sådan resistens.

Övervakningskapitalismen: vid maktens nya frontlinjer

Shoshana Zuboff
Svenska, 2021.

I detta mästerverk byggt på banbrytande tänkande och åratal av forskning skildrar Shoshana Zuboff fenomenet som hon döpt till övervakningskapitalismen. Vår digitala framtid har kidnappats av företagen från Silicon Valley som äger och styr internet. I den nya ekonomin är vi inte bara konsumenter, inte heller produkter – vi är råvaran.

Sociala medier

Like, comment, subscribe: Inside YouTube’s Chaotic Rise to World Domination

Mark Bergen
Engelska, 2022

The gripping inside story of YouTube, the company that upended media, culture, industry, and democracy—by a leading tech journalist. Across the world, people watch more than a billion hours of video on YouTube every day. Every minute, more than five hundred additional hours of footage are uploaded to the site, a technical feat unmatched in the history of computing. YouTube invented the attention economy we all live in today, forever changing how people are entertained, informed, and paid online. Everyone knows YouTube. And yet virtually no one knows how it works.

Social Warming: How Social Media Polarises Us All

Charles Arthur
Engelska, 2021

Facebook didn’t mean to facilitate a genocide.Twitter didn’t want to be used to harass women. YouTube never planned to radicalise young men. But with billions of users, these platforms need only tweak their algorithms to generate more ‘engagement’. In so doing, they bring unrest to previously settled communities and erode our relationships.

Social warming has happened gradually – as a by-product of our preposterously convenient digital existence. But the gradual deterioration of our attitudes and behaviour on- and offline – this vicious cycle of anger and outrage – is real. And it can be corrected. Here’s how.

The Internet Con: How to Seize the Means of Computation

Cory Doctorow
Engelska, 2023.

When the tech platforms promised a future of ”connection,” they were lying. They said their ”walled gardens” would keep us safe, but those were prison walls. The platforms locked us into their systems and made us easy pickings, ripe for extraction. Twitter, Facebook and other Big Tech platforms hard to leave by design. They hold hostage the people we love, the communities that matter to us, the audiences and customers we rely on. The impossibility of staying connected to these people after you delete your account has nothing to do with technological limitations: it’s a business strategy in service to commodifying your personal life and relationships.

An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination

Sheera Frenkel, Cecilia Kang
Engelska, 2021.

Once one of Silicon Valley’s greatest success stories, Facebook has been under constant fire for the past five years, roiled by controversies and crises. It turns out that while the tech giant was connecting the world, they were also mishandling users’ data, spreading fake news, and amplifying dangerous, polarizing hate speech.

The company, many said, had simply lost its way. But the truth is far more complex. Leadership decisions enabled, and then attempted to deflect attention from, the crises. Time after time, Facebook’s engineers were instructed to create tools that encouraged people to spend as much time on the platform as possible, even as those same tools boosted inflammatory rhetoric, conspiracy theories, and partisan filter bubbles. And while consumers and lawmakers focused their outrage on privacy breaches and misinformation, Facebook solidified its role as the world’s most voracious data-mining machine, posting record profits, and shoring up its dominance via aggressive lobbying efforts.

Vetenskapskunnighet

Is this Wi-Fi Organic?

Dave Farina
Engelska, 2021.

Is This Wi-Fi Organic? is a playful investigation of popular opinions and consumer trends that permeate our society. The organic craze has taken hold of grocery culture despite most being unable to define the term. Healers and quantum mystics of every flavor are securing their foothold alongside science-based medicine, in an unregulated and largely unchallenged landscape of unsubstantiated claims. Anti-science mentality is growing. Misleading popular opinions are used to sell you products and services that range from ineffectual to downright dangerous.

Deadly Rise of Anti-Science: A Scientist’s Warning 

Peter J. Hotez
Engelska 2023

Dr. Peter Hotez discusses how an antivaccine movement became a dangerous political campaign promoted by elected officials and amplified by news media, causing thousands of American deaths. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, one renowned scientist, in his famous bowtie, appeared daily on major news networks such as MSNBC, NPR, the BBC, and others. Dr. Peter J. Hotez often went without sleep, working around the clock to develop a nonprofit COVID-19 vaccine and to keep the public informed. During that time, he was one of the most trusted voices on the pandemic and was even nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his selfless work. He also became one of the main targets of anti-science rhetoric that gained traction through conservative news media.

How to Talk to a Science Denier: Conversations with Flat Earthers, Climate Deniers, and Others Who Defy Reason

Lee McIntyre
Engelska, 2021

”Climate change is a hoax–and so is coronavirus.” ”Vaccines are bad for you.” These days, many of our fellow citizens reject scientific expertise and prefer ideology to facts. They are not merely uninformed–they are misinformed. They cite cherry-picked evidence, rely on fake experts, and believe conspiracy theories. How can we convince such people otherwise? How can we get them to change their minds and accept the facts when they don’t believe in facts? In this book, Lee McIntyre shows that anyone can fight back against science deniers, and argues that it’s important to do so. Science denial can kill.

Why Trust Science?

Naomi Oreskes
Engelska, 2021.

Are doctors right when they tell us vaccines are safe? Should we take climate experts at their word when they warn us about the perils of global warming? Why should we trust science when so many of our political leaders don’t? Naomi Oreskes offers a bold and compelling defense of science, revealing why the social character of scientific knowledge is its greatest strength―and the greatest reason we can trust it. Tracing the history and philosophy of science from the late nineteenth century to today, this timely and provocative book features a new preface by Oreskes and critical responses by climate experts Ottmar Edenhofer and Martin Kowarsch, political scientist Jon Krosnick, philosopher of science Marc Lange, and science historian Susan Lindee, as well as a foreword by political theorist Stephen Macedo.

Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries

Benjamin Radford
Engelska, 2010.

What is it like to travel the world investigating the paranormal? To not just sit back and wonder about the world’s famous unexplained mysteries, but actually go out and solve them? To investigate haunted houses, searching for evidence of ghosts and spirits? To search the world’s lakes for giant, fearsome monsters? To investigate and create the mysterious phenomena of crop circles? To talk to people who speak to the dead, solve crimes for police, or use ESP? Scientific Paranormal Investigation is the first book to give the public an inside look at the life, methods, and work of a real-life scientific paranormal investigator. Author Benjamin Radford has investigated unexplained phenomena for over a decade, not just read or written about them, but actually gone out to see what’s there. 

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Flim-Flam! Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions

James Randi
Engelska, 1982.

James Randi leaves a towering legacy as an internationally known magician, escape artist, and devoted investigator of the paranormal, occult, and supernatural claims that have captured the thinking of the public for generations. From ESP and psychokinesis, psychic detectives, levitation, psychic surgery, and even UFOs and astrology, Randi dedicated his life to exposing frauds and swindlers. Forty years after the original publication of his landmark book, Flim-Flam! remains a classic, with insights that are still relevant today – and perhaps even more so.

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Carl Sagan
Engelska, 1997.

How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions.

Science Denial: What It Is and What to Do About It

Gale Sinatra & Barbara K. Hofer
Engelska, 2022. 

How do individuals decide whether to accept human causes of climate change, vaccinate their children against childhood diseases, or practice social distancing during a pandemic? Democracies depend on educated citizens who can make informed decisions for the benefit of their health and well-being, as well as their communities, nations, and planet. Understanding key psychological explanations for science denial and doubt can help provide a means for improving scientific literacy and understanding―critically important at a time when denial has become deadly. 

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