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Information, makt och konspirationsteorier: En studie av informationskritiska användare
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Information, Power and Conspiracy Theories : A Study of Critical Information Users (English)
Abstract [en]

Purpose–This study has examined the information behaviour and perception of information in a group ofinformation users who have a critical approach to the media and the information supply. Some of them call themselvesor are being called conspiracy theorists. The purpose was to examine how their information behaviour is influenced by the belief that the information is biased or inaccurate and what the information behaviour looks like when the user searches for discrepancies rather than a response to a question.

Method–The study is based on transcribed interviews and email responses to interview questions. The model used to analyze the source material is Christine Bruceʼs seven categories of information literacy as presented in Seven Faces of Information Literacy. The outcome is compared with other user studies. Subsequently, the source material has been studied through Michel Foucaultʼs discourse theory. Focus is on power, anti-discourses and institutions.

Findings–The analyses have shown that the informants have a sufficiently uniform information behaviour to be studied as a user group. Their information behaviour is focused on different strategies for evaluating information and understanding courses of events. This behaviour is based on a critical approach to what is considered as "truth" in the discourse.

Originality/value–The user group has not been studied before in LIS research.

Paper type–This is a two years master’s thesis in library and information science in Archive, Library and Museum studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 64 p.
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 645
Keyword [en]
Information Literacy, Information Behavior, Christine Bruce, Michel Foucault, Power, Discourse Analysis, Conspiracy Theories, Library Use Studies
Keyword [sv]
Informationskompetens, informationsbeteende, Christine Bruce, Michel Foucault, makt, diskursanalys, konspirationsteorier, användarundersökningar
National Category
Information Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-237205Local ID: 645OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-237205DiVA: diva2:771450
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
2014-10-22, Lokal: 3/0015, Engelska Parken, Uppsala, 09:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-03-03 Created: 2014-11-29 Last updated: 2016-02-11Bibliographically approved

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