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Title: Beyond Belief: Disinformation Strategies and Collective Knowledge Building Led by Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil
Authors: Russo, Renato
Blikstein, Paulo
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Russo, R. & Blikstein, P. (2022). Beyond belief: Disinformation strategies and collective knowledge building led by jair bolsonaro in brazil. In Chinn, C., Tan, E., Chan, C., & Kali, Y. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2022 (pp. 1561-1564). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: The creation and distribution of disputable information is currently widespread and significant in the political debate. Explanations of this phenomenon usually imply that leaders exploit fragilities of their followers, such as lack of education or plain lack of understanding of the facts. We explore a competing interpretation: using a constructivist lens and building on scholarly work in the learning sciences, we investigate cognitive processes at play in political engagement that goes beyond “blind” belief in leaders. We conjecture that those leaders might be employing efficient learning strategies that legitimize their actions and inspire loyalty.
Description: Short Paper
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