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Fukushima: Rumours, emotions and Rousseau’s general will in the digital age


Schäfer, Fabian (2012). Fukushima: Rumours, emotions and Rousseau’s general will in the digital age. Open Democracy:online.

Abstract

In the digital age, how does government deal with rumour in a crisis? After Fukushima, the anti-rumour strategies of the Japanese government led some to question which party, the masses or the government was more involved in the dissemination of rumours. Dominant political thinking considers rumours merely a threat to be contained. But if you allow emotions into the picture, you could reach a very different conclusion, one that requires a return to Rousseau’s general will.

Abstract

In the digital age, how does government deal with rumour in a crisis? After Fukushima, the anti-rumour strategies of the Japanese government led some to question which party, the masses or the government was more involved in the dissemination of rumours. Dominant political thinking considers rumours merely a threat to be contained. But if you allow emotions into the picture, you could reach a very different conclusion, one that requires a return to Rousseau’s general will.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:08 University Research Priority Programs > Asia and Europe
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:950 History of Asia
290 Other religions
180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:07 Mar 2013 10:25
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:37
Publisher:OpenDemocracy
ISSN:1476-5888
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.opendemocracy.net/fabian-sch%C3%A4fer/fukushima-rumours-emotions-and-rousseau%E2%80%99s-general-will-in-digital-age

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