True Enough

True Enough

Learning to Live in A Post-fact Society

Book - 2008
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Why has punditry lately overtaken news? Why do lies seem to linger so long in the cultural subconscious even after they've been thoroughly discredited? And why, when more people than ever before are documenting the truth with laptops and digital cameras, does fact-free spin and propaganda seem to work so well? True Enough explores leading controversies of national politics, foreign affairs, science, and business, explaining how Americans have begun to organize themselves into echo chambers that harbor diametrically different facts--not merely opinions--from those of the larger culture.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, [2008], ©2008
ISBN: 9780470050101
0470050101
Branch Call Number: 177.3 Ma
Description: v, 250 pages ; 23 cm

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Nov 25, 2017

A bit dated but prescient for 2008, Manjoo already was showing the ways that our connected culture leads to less truth, and less caring about truth, on all sides of the political spectrum. The author's liberalism is forthright and unapologetic, but he shows how both sides engage in a variety of approaches to facts - Selective Exposure to things we want to read more than those that offer sincere challenges to our thinking (hello Facebook), Selective Perception in how we might even view the same event or text depending on pre-conceived notions, and increased ideologisation of media and abandonment of objectivity on both ends of a fragmented media.

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