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America's Post-Truth Phenomenon

When Feelings and Opinions Trump Facts and Evidence

by C.G. Prado, Editor

 

Political lies swallowed by citizens have led to authoritarian and corrupt regimes in Germany, Russia, Spain, Turkey, and other nations.

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April 2018

Praeger

Pages 215
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Current Events and Issues/Society
  Psychology/General

This book presents absorbing and critical expert perspectives on the post-truth phenomenon that has infiltrated the U.S. political system, media, and populace.

Deception in politics is nothing new, but the quantity of unsubstantiated statements in America today is unprecedented. False notions, fake news, "alternative facts," and opinions are being pitched from sources including the White House, Congress, and the American population via Twitter, Facebook, and online news sites as well as print, television, and radio. Such a widespread spectacle instantly captures the attention of people nationwide, but disagreement has the nation almost bordering on civil war over the definition of "the truth" and what this book calls "post-truth."

In this text, C.G. Prado and expert contributors present varied perspectives on post-truth, its authoritarian implications for the nation, and how we can approach information to differentiate between truth and post-truth. Speaking to general readers, students, and scholars alike, chapters include text on the historical and social events that initiated and developed post-truth and why some people are more prone than others to accept and perpetuate post-truth. They also discuss post-truth as a threat to democracy.

Features

  • Analyzes Trump-administration-generated mistruths in a discussion of post-truth America
  • Presents varied concerns, perspectives, and thought-provoking topics in clear, accessible, and engaging words
  • Explains the historical and social circumstances that led to post-truth
  • Details why some people are more apt to embrace and spread post-truth
  • Outlines actions to defeat post-truth
Author Info

C.G. Prado, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Queen's University, where he served on the faculty for 31 years, and a Fellow of the Royal Society. Among his various roles during his decades-long career were those of invited Visiting Fellow at Princeton University and Board of Directors member for the Humanities and Social Science Federation of Canada. In 2017, Prado was chosen for a "Ten Most Influential Hispanic Canadians" award. Prado has authored, coauthored, or edited 19 books, including Praeger's Social Media and Your Brain, and dozens of journal articles.

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The New York Times, Is President Trump a Stealth Postmodernist or Just a Liar?, 1/24/2018

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