The project is funded by the BMBF Research Programme on Detecting and Combating Digital Disinformation Campaigns. The core idea of the project is to analyse the narrative structures of disinformation in videos from public media and alternative media shared on social networks.
Narrative structures of disinformation in public media are highly dangerous, as they fuel fundamental distrust among the audience and thus drive them into the arms of alternative, deliberately misleading information channels. Critical questions thus arise about similarities and differences between public media sources and alternative news videos of targeted disinformation, which will be investigated in this project.
In this project, we combine an innovative way of computer-assisted analysis and visualization approaches with digital humanities and multimodal semiotics to develop methods for narrative structure and argument construction analysis.
Three concrete goals of the project are: