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Political Communication Case Studies

Misinformation, Social Media, and the Price of Political Persuasion: Examining Twitter’s Decision to Ban Purchased Political Advertisements [PDF]

Greta Thunberg and Her Harsh Critics: The Ethics of Criticizing Children in the Public Sphere [PDF]

How Vigilant Should Cable News Be About Political Messages? CNN’s Rejection of Trump’s Political Advertisements [PDF]

Secret Facebook Groups and the Ethics of Democracy: Are Secret Facebook Groups Good for Democracy? [PDF]

Whose Image is It to Use? The Ethics of Persuasive Pictures in Political Advocacy [PDF]

Angry for Change: The Ethics of Politicized Outrage [PDF]

Freedom Of Skepticism and the Social Responsibility of the Powerful: Trump’s Refutation of Expertise During the Covid-19 Pandemic [PDF]

Ghosting the People? The Ethics of Political Speechwriting [PDF]

The Paradox of Pathos: The Ethics of Emotions in Political Communication [PDF]

Politics in the Age of Digital Information Overload: Facebook’s Policy to Allow Misleading Political Ads [PDF]

Campaign Promises and Vague Rhetoric: The Ethics of Strategic Ambiguity over Medicare for All [PDF]

Campaigning for Your Enemies: Deceptive Motives in Political Advertising [PDF]


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