French / Belgium
Crédulité et rumeurs. Faire face aux théories du complot et aux fake news
(Gullibility and rumours – How to critically handle conspiracy theories and fake news)
Bruxelles: Les Éditions du Lombard, . – 71 p.
(Series: La petite bédéthèque des savoirs; 24)
Fake news | Media | Critical thinking | Manipulation | Graphic novel | Non-fiction
Reading age: 13+
White Ravens issue: 2019
Achille, a young “anti-vaxxer”, and his (invisible) alter ego discuss how to arrive at “truth” in the age of the Internet and social media. They consider dangerous deception manoeuvres prevalent on the Internet and what political consequences they could have. This ambitious volume in the series “La petite Bédéthèque des savoirs” (The little comics library of knowledge) by Belgian publisher Les éditions du Lombard succeeds in being both a profound and funny comics-novella and a well-written introduction to the complex topic of modern propaganda techniques and conspiracy theories. The French sociologist Gérald Bronner shows how political “disinformation” functions, using many historical examples. Illustrator and manga-artist Krassinsky adds short comics to this, which show how one can apply critical thinking to protect oneself against the targeted spread of false information.