Open Access Journal

ISSN: 2183-2439

Editorial | Open Access

Can We Hide in Shadows When the Times are Dark?

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Abstract:  The editorial discusses the relevance of analyzing some problematic aspects of online participation in consideration of events that happened during the preparation of this thematic issue. It critically challenges the eponymous ‘dark participation’ concept and its reception in the field, and calls for a deeper exploration of epistemological questions — questions that may be uneasy and difficult to answer, as they also refer to the issue of balance and scientific positioning in the face of threats to public communication and democratic ideals.

Keywords:  dark participation; disinformation; duality; epistemology; participatory journalism; public communication; online communication



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