The Post Truth Era Book

The Post Truth Era


  • Author : Ralph Keyes
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2004-10-03
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429976220

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The Post Truth Era Excerpt :

"Dishonesty inspires more euphemisms than copulation or defecation. This helps desensitize us to its implications. In the post-truth era we don't just have truth and lies but a third category of ambiguous statements that are not exactly the truth but fall just short of a lie. Enhanced truth it might be called. Neo-truth. Soft truth. Faux truth. Truth lite." Deception has become the modern way of life. Where once the boundary line between truth and lies was clear and distinct, it is no longer so. In the post-truth era, deceiving others has become a challenge, a game, a habit. High-profile dissemblers compete for news coverage, from journalists like Jayson Blair and professors like Joseph Ellis to politicians (of all stripes), executives, and "creative" accountants. Research suggests that the average American tells multiple lies on a daily basis, often for no good reason. Not a finger-wagging scolding, The Post-Truth Era is a combination of Ralph Keyes's investigative journalism and solid science. The result is a spirited exploration of why we lie about practically everything and the consequences such casual dishonesty has on society. American society has become permeated from top to bottom by deception. Its consequences for the nature of public discourse, media, business, literature, academia, and politics are profound. With dry humor, passionate fervor, and deep understanding, Ralph Keyes takes us on a tour of a world where truth and honesty are no longer absolutes but mutable, fluid concepts.

Post Truth Book
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Post Truth


  • Author : Lee McIntyre
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2018-02-16
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780262345989

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Post Truth Excerpt :

How we arrived in a post-truth era, when “alternative facts” replace actual facts, and feelings have more weight than evidence. Are we living in a post-truth world, where “alternative facts” replace actual facts and feelings have more weight than evidence? How did we get here? In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Lee McIntyre traces the development of the post-truth phenomenon from science denial through the rise of “fake news,” from our psychological blind spots to the public's retreat into “information silos.” What, exactly, is post-truth? Is it wishful thinking, political spin, mass delusion, bold-faced lying? McIntyre analyzes recent examples—claims about inauguration crowd size, crime statistics, and the popular vote—and finds that post-truth is an assertion of ideological supremacy by which its practitioners try to compel someone to believe something regardless of the evidence. Yet post-truth didn't begin with the 2016 election; the denial of scientific facts about smoking, evolution, vaccines, and climate change offers a road map for more widespread fact denial. Add to this the wired-in cognitive biases that make us feel that our conclusions are based on good reasoning even when they are not, the decline of traditional media and the rise of social media, and the emergence of fake news as a political tool, and we have the ideal conditions for post-truth. McIntyre also argues provocatively that the right wing borrowed from postmodernism—specifically, the idea that there is no such thing as objective truth—in its attacks on science and facts. McIntyre argues that we can fight post-truth, and that the first step in fighting post-truth is to understand it.

Weaponized Lies Book
Score: 3.5
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Weaponized Lies


  • Author : Daniel J. Levitin
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2017-03-07
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780735234512

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Weaponized Lies Excerpt :

Winner of the National Business Book Award Winner of the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction Previously Published as A Field Guide to Lies We’re surrounded by fringe theories, fake news, and pseudo-facts. These lies are getting repeated. New York Times bestselling author Daniel Levitin shows how to disarm these socially devastating inventions and get our minds back on track. Here are the fundamental lessons in critical thinking that we need to know and share now. Investigating numerical misinformation, Daniel Levitin shows how mishandled statistics and graphs can give a grossly distorted perspective and lead us to terrible decisions. Wordy arguments on the other hand can easily be persuasive as they drift away from the facts in an appealing yet misguided way. The steps we can take to better evaluate news, advertisements, and reports are clearly detailed. Ultimately, Levitin turns to what underlies our ability to determine if something is true or false: the scientific method. He grapples with the limits of what we can and cannot know. Case studies are offered to demonstrate the applications of logical thinking to quite varied settings, spanning courtroom testimony, medical decision making, magic, modern physics, and conspiracy theories. This urgently needed book enables us to avoid the extremes of passive gullibility and cynical rejection. As Levitin attests: Truth matters. A post-truth era is an era of willful irrationality, reversing all the great advances humankind has made. Euphemisms like "fringe theories," "extreme views," "alt truth," and even "fake news" can literally be dangerous. Let's call lies what they are and catch those making them in the act.

Politics and Technology in the Post Truth Era Book

Politics and Technology in the Post Truth Era


  • Author : Anna Visvizi
  • Publisher : Emerald Group Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-05-07
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781787569850

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Politics and Technology in the Post Truth Era Excerpt :

This book examines the relationship between information and communication technology (ICT) and politics in a global perspective.

History in a Post Truth World Book

History in a Post Truth World


  • Author : Marius Gudonis
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-10-07
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 314
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000198225

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History in a Post Truth World Excerpt :

History in a Post-Truth World: Theory and Praxis explores one of the most significant paradigm shifts in public discourse. A post-truth environment that appeals primarily to emotion, elevates personal belief, and devalues expert opinion has important implications far beyond Brexit or the election of Donald Trump, and has a profound impact on how history is produced and consumed. Post-truth history is not merely a synonym for lies. This book argues that indifference to historicity by both the purveyor and the recipient, contempt for expert opinion that contradicts it, and ideological motivation are its key characteristics. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this work explores some of the following questions: What exactly is post-truth history? Does it represent a new phenomenon? Does the historian have a special role to play in preserving public memory from ‘alternative facts’? Do academics more generally have an obligation to combat fake news and fake history both in universities and on social media? How has a ‘post-truth culture’ impacted professional and popular historical discourse? Looking at theoretical dimensions and case studies from around the world, this book explores the violent potential of post-truth history and calls on readers to resist.

Myth of    Free Media    and Fake News in the Post Truth Era Book

Myth of Free Media and Fake News in the Post Truth Era


  • Author : Kalinga Seneviratne
  • Publisher : Sage Publications Pvt. Limited
  • Release Date : 2019-11-01
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 348
  • ISBN 10 : 9789353286767

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Myth of Free Media and Fake News in the Post Truth Era Excerpt :

Myth of ‘Free Media’ and Fake News in the Post-truth Era reveals the story of ‘fake news’ hysteria and myth of ‘free media’ in the post-truth world order, starting from the question of whether there has really been a ‘truth’ era. The book examines how the news media is battling for relevance in the age of Internet. It shows how the wave of media ‘liberalization’ has weakened the basic premise of Libertarian Media Function Theory, which states that the media is the ‘Fourth Estate’ that protects the citizens from abuse of power by the government. It analyses how excessive commercialization of the media and the commodification of news has changed journalism globally. The book recommends a new paradigm and explains how it can be used to transform news reporting from an adversarial model to a human-centric one.

The Post Truth Era  Literature and Media Book
Score: 5
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The Post Truth Era Literature and Media


  • Author : Praveen Abraham
  • Publisher : Authorspress
  • Release Date : 2021-08-18
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 254
  • ISBN 10 : 9789391314095

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The Post Truth Era Literature and Media Excerpt :

This edited volume brings together authors across the world to share their ideas, views, contemplations, assessments and theories about disinformation and post-truth in literature and media from a multidisciplinary perspective. The book gives an idea as to how the emerging trend of truth crisis, fake news and manipulated information leads to ideological antagonism, ethical conflicts and geopolitical power struggles in society. It has got revealing chapters that discuss the propensity to inquire into the data that satisfies the overtones of the personal emotions and beliefs that undermines facts and truths. Being an observant set of structured ideas having twenty-seven chapters, the book discusses diverse domains such as conspiracy ideologies, alt-facts of the contemporary era, signs and science of truth, post-truth politics of gender, political advertisements, realism and hyperreality, fifth estate and the third space, posthuman pataphysics, performativity and fiction, media renunciation, identity dynamics, and cultural obliteration.

Post Truth Book
Score: 4
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Post Truth


  • Author : Matthew d'Ancona
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2017-05-11
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781473551923

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Post Truth Excerpt :

Welcome to the Post-Truth era— a time in which the art of the lie is shaking the very foundations of democracy and the world as we know it. The Brexit vote; Donald Trump’s victory; the rejection of climate change science; the vilification of immigrants; all have been based on the power to evoke feelings and not facts. So what does it all mean and how can we champion truth in in a time of lies and ‘alternative facts’? In this eye-opening and timely book, Post-Truth is distinguished from a long tradition of political lies, exaggeration and spin. What is new is not the mendacity of politicians but the public’s response to it and the ability of new technologies and social media to manipulate, polarise and entrench opinion. Where trust has evaporated, conspiracy theories thrive, the authority of the media wilt and emotions matter more than facts . Now, one of the UK’s most respected political journalists, Matthew d’Ancona investigates how we got here, why quiet resignation is not an option and how we can and must fight back.

Post Truth Book

Post Truth


  • Author : Steve Fuller
  • Publisher : Anthem Press
  • Release Date : 2018-05-25
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 218
  • ISBN 10 : 9781783086962

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Post Truth Excerpt :

‘Post-truth’ was Oxford Dictionaries 2016 word of the year. While the term was coined by its disparagers in the light of the Brexit and US presidential campaigns, the roots of post-truth lie deep in the history of Western social and political theory. Post-Truth reaches back to Plato, ranging across theology and philosophy, to focus on the Machiavellian tradition in classical sociology, as exemplified by Vilfredo Pareto, who offered the original modern account of post-truth in terms of the ‘circulation of elites’. The defining feature of ‘post-truth’ is a strong distinction between appearance and reality which is never quite resolved and so the strongest appearance ends up passing for reality. The only question is whether more is gained by rapid changes in appearance or by stabilizing one such appearance. Post-Truth plays out what this means for both politics and science.

Post Truth Book
Score: 3
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Post Truth


  • Author : James Ball
  • Publisher : Biteback Publishing
  • Release Date : 2017-05-11
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781785902505

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Post Truth Excerpt :

2016 marked the birth of the post-truth era. Sophistry and spin have coloured politics since the dawn of time, but two shock events - the Brexit vote and Donald Trump's elevation to US President - heralded a departure into murkier territory. From Trump denying video evidence of his own words, to the infamous Leave claims of £350 million for the NHS, politics has rarely seen so many stretching the truth with such impunity. Bullshit gets you noticed. Bullshit makes you rich. Bullshit can even pave your way to the Oval Office. This is bigger than fake news and bigger than social media. It's about the slow rise of a political, media and online infrastructure that has devalued truth. This is the story of bullshit: what's being spread, who's spreading it, why it works - and what we can do to tackle it.

Post Truth Public Relations Book

Post Truth Public Relations


  • Author : Gareth Thompson
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-09-30
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 172
  • ISBN 10 : 1032175702

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Post Truth Public Relations Excerpt :

This book explores the purpose, practice and effects of public relations (PR) at a time that has been variously described as an era of populism, post-truth and fake news. It considers how PR processes have contributed to the current social condition of post-truth and what constitutes PR work in this environment. Post-Truth Public Relations: Communication in an Era of Digital Disinformation proposes that while we can now look back upon the last 80-100 years as a period of classical PR, that style is being supplemented by the emergence of a post-classical form of PR that has emerged in response to the post-truth era. This new style of PR consists of a mixed repertoire of communicative work that matches the new geometry of digital media and delivers a mix of online engagement and persuasion in order to meet the needs of increasingly partisan audiences. Using contemporary case studies and original interviews with PR practitioners in several countries, including China and the Philippines, the book investigates how PR workers have reconciled their role as communicative intermediaries with the post-truth era of digital disinformation. This thought-provoking book will be of great interest to researchers and advanced students interested in the changing nature of PR and its practice.

When Fact Is Fiction Book

When Fact Is Fiction


  • Author : Andrea Gorki
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2020-05-19
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9492095718

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When Fact Is Fiction Excerpt :

Politics and media are constantly dealing with the shifting definitions of facts, truth, reality, and fiction. Yet this is something the field of documentary art has been addressing for much longer. The contributions in this volume are from and about artists who explore the boundaries between fact and fiction by playing with the notion of the ?documentary?. The book draws from a wide range of documentary art practices, such as working with archival materials or scrutinising one?s own subjective stance as an artist. It observes how artists deploy the fine line between fact and fiction as a means to imagine versions of the future, and how it can still have an impact in the world of today.

Post Truth  Fake News and Democracy Book

Post Truth Fake News and Democracy


  • Author : Johan Farkas
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-09-17
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 166
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000507287

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Post Truth Fake News and Democracy Excerpt :

Western societies are under siege, as fake news, post-truth and alternative facts are undermining the very core of democracy. This dystopian narrative is currently circulated by intellectuals, journalists and policy makers worldwide. In this book, Johan Farkas and Jannick Schou deliver a comprehensive study of post-truth discourses. They critically map the normative ideas contained in these and present a forceful call for deepening democracy. The dominant narrative of our time is that democracy is in a state of emergency caused by social media, changes to journalism and misinformed masses. This crisis needs to be resolved by reinstating truth at the heart of democracy, even if this means curtailing civic participation and popular sovereignty. Engaging with critical political philosophy, Farkas and Schou argue that these solutions neglect the fact that democracy has never been about truth alone: it is equally about the voice of the democratic people. Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy delivers a sobering diagnosis of our times. It maps contemporary discourses on truth and democracy, foregrounds their normative foundations and connects these to historical changes within liberal democracies. The book will be of interest to students and scholars studying the current state and future of democracy, as well as to a politically informed readership.

Social Media and the Post Truth World Order Book

Social Media and the Post Truth World Order


  • Author : Gabriele Cosentino
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2020-03-16
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 147
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030430054

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Social Media and the Post Truth World Order Excerpt :

This book discusses post-truth not merely as a Western issue, but as a problematic political and cultural condition with global ramifications. By locating the roots of the phenomenon in the trust crisis suffered by liberal democracy and its institutions, the book argues that post-truth serves as a space for ideological conflicts and geopolitical power struggles that are reshaping the world order. The era of post-truth politics is thus here to stay, and its reach is increasingly global: Russian trolls organizing events on social media attended by thousands of unaware American citizens; Turkish pro-government activists amplifying on Twitter conspiracy theories concocted via Internet imageboards by online subcultures in the United States; American and European social media users spreading fictional political narratives in support of the Syrian regime; and Facebook offering a platform for a harassment campaign by Buddhist ultra-nationalists in Myanmar that led to the killing of thousands of Muslims. These are just some of the examples that demonstrate the dangerous effects of the Internet-driven global diffusion of disinformation and misinformation. Grounded on a theoretical framework yet written in an engaging and accessible way, this timely book is a valuable resource for students, researchers, policymakers and citizens concerned with the impact of social media on politics.

Post Truth  Fake News Book

Post Truth Fake News


  • Author : Michael A. Peters
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2018-02-17
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9789811080135

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Post Truth Fake News Excerpt :

This edited collection brings together international authors to discuss the meaning and purpose of higher education in a “post-truth” world. The editors and authors argue that notions such as “fact” and “evidence” in a post-truth era must be understood not only politically, but also socially and epistemically. The essays philosophically examine the post-truth environment and its impact on education with respect to our most basic ideas of what universities, research and education are or should be. The book brings together authors working in Australia, China, Croatia, Romania, Canada, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, UK and USA.