Post-Truth Politics
Sunday, September 10, 2017

What is it

You've probably heard about the dangerous effects of fake news, and the spread of sensational and targeted falsities. But what about "legitimate" news, one might still ask? Well, do you want the "liberal truth" or the "conservative truth"? Just stick to the facts? What if my "facts" differ from yours? Listen to science? Those scientists are all in someone's pocket, you know. Can we know anything anymore in this age of epistemic nihilism? Have we entered the "post-truth" era? What does this mean for politics, policy, and accountability? The Philosophers don't fake it with Christopher Meyers from CSU Bakersfield, editor of Journalism Ethics: A Philosophical Approach.

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Harold G. Neuman

Thursday, September 14, 2017 -- 11:19 AM

Post-Truth Politics?

The title of this post implies there was some political dispensation, wherein truth was the common currency, if not de-rigeur (spelling?). I'm not sure if this is, uh, true (as my comment on fake news might also suggest). The only thing significant about the current state of affairs is the degree to which truth is being manipulated, mangled and purposefully dismantled by the current chief executive and those in his corner. They are not even surreptitious about it. I would like to believe it is all an aberration and that we shall return to normalcy in a few years (if not weeks or months). It is certainly surreal enough. There is a level of vehemence mixed with complacency which would have seemed impossible before this political season. Paradoxically, those who wanted unparalleled change have gotten that and more. The Sean Spicer interview with Jimmy Kimmel was instructive and a must-see for Trump watchers. Whether or not he decides to try to re-enter the shark tank in some indistinct future.

Christopher Meyers, Professor of Philosophy, CSU Bakersfield

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