Dr André Rodrigues (University of São Paulo) Cristiano Mattos (University of São Paulo)
There is a growing distrust in the institutions and science in the middle of ideological struggles. Some studies associate the spread of misinformation with the rise of ‘echo chambers’ powered by social media. We scrutinize how the public discourses about the Flat Earth have been shaped, considering not only the Flat Earthers (denialists) discursive production but also those in the name of science (affirmationists) that are attacking denialist groups and ideas. Findings show scientific truth is a part of conversations about the Flat Earth movement, and the Esperantist-Epideictic genre of discourse can be an analytical tool for researchers and educators.
Dr André Rodrigues (University of São Paulo) Cristiano Mattos (University of São Paulo) Ms Felipe Lopez (University of São Paulo) Dr José Luis Ortega (Bandeirantes School)