Tuesday Jul 05, 2022

Post-truth and democracy: Part 1

Johan Farkas mapped post-truth discourses comprehensively and subjected them to a searching examination in his book with Jannick Schou. In this episode and the one that follows, we touch upon the understanding of democracy that is implicit in the mainstream post-truth narrative, the predicament and role of journalism, social media and filter bubbles, the lessons of Covid-19 and a host of related issues.

Highlights

  • Democracy is not first and foremost about truth
  • The real crisis of liberal democracy
  • The predicament and role of journalism
  • Filter bubbles and echo chambers: real or metaphorical?
  • Misdiagnosis leads to the wrong remedy

Links

See my article in The Philosophical Salon for links to many of the sources discussed in the episode.  

Post-truth, Fake news and Democracy: Mapping the Politics of Falsehood. Johan Farkas and Jannick Schou. Routledge.

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