Post-truth, information and emotion

Tredinnick, Luke and Laybats, Claire (2016) Post-truth, information and emotion. Business Information Review, 33 (4). pp. 204-206. ISSN 1741-6450

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Over recent months a vogue phrase has emerged in domestic and international politics: post truth. We are living it is suggested in an age where politics no longer functions through rational discourse. The facts of the matter are of secondary importance to free-floating opinion. Instead, truth is replaced by demonstrative arguments that appeal to the electorate on a more visceral and emotional level. Associated in particular with the Brexit referendum campaign and with the recent US presidential election, the post truth political discourse is perhaps best exemplified by Michael Gove’s claim on Sky news that “people in this country have had enough of experts” (Gove, 2016). It is characterised by a wilful blindness to evidence, a mistrust of authority, and an appeal to emotionally based arguments often rooted in fears or anxieties.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: information; post-truth; politics; US presidential election; Brexit referendum campaign
Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 020 Library & information sciences
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Computing and Digital Media
Depositing User: Luke Tredinnick
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2019 13:01
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2019 13:01


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