Post Truth

Six Ways Viral Listicles Will Doom Journalism And All Humanity

Alex Sinclair Lack | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK
Alex Sinclair Lack

Questions are worth asking when articles are being written with the main intention of maximizing shares. Journalism must evolve with the times, but if we are to reach the post-post-truth era, it must do so responsibly and not let its standards fall in the process.

Brand Transparency In An Age Of Post-Truth

Kara Melchers | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Tech
Kara Melchers

In Finland, financial institution, Bank of Åland, went one step further. They developed the Åland Index, a way of using data to calculate the individual carbon footprint of each credit card transaction, thus creating the first bank index for everyday environmental impact.

Building Trust In A Post-Truth Age

Vivienne Benson | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK
Vivienne Benson

There is no escaping the 'post-truth' tidal wave. The rise of populist politics that has swept the US and Europe and the language of 'post-truth' alon...

Want To Know How To Navigate The Facts In A Post-Truth World? Ask A Cancer Researcher

Dr Helen Rippon | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Helen Rippon

The Facebook algorithm in my feed has obviously clocked my line of work, so I get sponsored posts served up to me every now and then that promise miracle, and utterly implausible, cancer cures. They are slickly professional and they look frighteningly legitimate.

Don't Believe The Hype Around Fake News

Neil Durkin | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK
Neil Durkin

In DeLillo's White Noise the narrator Gladney spends a lot of time with his academic colleague, Murray Jay Siskind, a cynical New Yorker with a penchant for constant theorising. Gladney, half-appalled, sums up his colleague's acidic take on the world: "Murray says we are fragile creatures surrounded by a world of hostile facts. Facts threaten our happiness and security."

Helping Children Navigate The World Wide Web

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Tech
Muhammad Abdul Bari

The invention of the internet by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 ushered an era of social media that revolutionised communications and information gathering in the world. With a click of a button or a touch of a screen one can roam around the world and connect with people, all in the palm of their hands

How Will Technology Defeat Post-Truth Politics?

Jay Patani | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Tech
Jay Patani

Democracy, fragile as it is, is held together not only through the body of laws that define democratic governance but also through the activities of a free press, which can hold power to account.

How Should We Report Politics In A 'Post-Truth' Age?

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

The media has been criticised for its reporting of the US presidential election campaign and the EU referendum. Several media outlets were accused of biased coverage and excessive focus on personalities rather than policies. Journalists working on these two campaigns have had to determine how to report on politicians' false claims.

Donald Trump - Is This What Mental Illness Looks Like?

Amelia Mustapha | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Politics
Amelia Mustapha

It is too easy to pathologize bad behaviour with psychobabble and in this instance it hurts real people; it is just highbrow name calling from someone out to make a fast buck at the expense of a vulnerable group of people. Donald Trump isn't what mental illness looks like but his 'diagnosis' is certainly what stigma looks like, and often that stigma is the worst part of having a mental illness and the biggest challenge to recovery from it. How can a person truly recover when no-one will employ them for example?

Post-Truth? What Terrifies Me Is The Normalisation Of Lies

David Bradford | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK
David Bradford

Post-truth is a misnomer. What we mean is post-critical: when normal is accepted as unchallengeable, even and especially when normal is morally complicated. The only streetwise response to a new norm that seems morally questionable is a knowing shrug denoting a comfy blend of indifference and wry detachment...

In Keeping With Tradition Or Bucking The Trend: What Does Post-Truth Really Mean?

Nick Gold | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Nick Gold

So, 2016 was the year that Oxford Dictionaries declared "Post-Truth" to be its word of the year. I like the way that "post-truth" sounds and for the last few months, I have read and absorbed the phrase from different articles and commentaries with great interest.

Ctrl. Alt. Delete.

Caragh Little | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Politics
Caragh Little

The phrase 'alternative facts' is preoccupying most of us at the moment. Provision of 'alternative facts' about the numbers of supporters attending t...

Science Out In A Trump: Threats On Both Sides Of The Pond

Amitava Banerjee | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Politics
Amitava Banerjee

"As in political revolutions, so in paradigm choice- there is no standard higher than the assent of the relevant community...this issue of paradigm ch...

Transparency In A Post-Truth World

Carry Somers | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Style
Carry Somers

For Fashion Revolution, truth means transparency and transparency implies honesty, openness, communication and accountability. Transparency means that if human rights or environmental abuses are discovered, it is far easier for relevant stakeholders to understand what went wrong, who is responsible and how to fix it. It also helps unions, communities and garment workers themselves to more swiftly alert brands to human rights and environmental concerns.

Post-truth: What Are The Legal Implications?

Robert Conway | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Politics
Robert Conway

In December 2016, the Met's anti-cyber crime unit arrested a 55 year-old man on suspicion of "racially aggravated malicious communications" aimed at G...

Why We Must Teach Our Children To Understand The Difference Between Fact And Opinion And The Role Of Experts

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Clare Owen

If it's difficult for us to discern the difference between fact, opinion and outright mistruths, just think how hard it is for our children. They are constantly subjected to this and, given the impact of social media, more intensely than we were at their age

Democracy: The Most Educational Form Of Government

Tom Bailey | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Politics
Tom Bailey

Even if democracy did not encourage a more educated citizenry, it would still be the only morally defensible way to decide the laws that govern society, and would still be the best guarantor of liberty and rights. Lasch's argument, however, is worth remembering the next time someone wheels out ancient platitudes about people being too stupid for democracy to work.

Don't Tell Me 'Post-Truth' Politics Is Anything Other Than Lying

Helen Clifford | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Helen Clifford

I learnt what a white lie was in a Sainsbury's car park when I was about seven. Someone asked my Mother whether she had any spare change. She apologis...

Thinking Critically Is Underrated. It Is The Key To Defeating Growing Authoritarianism In This Post Truth World

Basit Mahmood | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK
Basit Mahmood

In a world marked by growing authoritarianism, increasing and entrenched ideological differences which demand assent rather than dissent, and one in w...

2016: The Year We All Became Experts

Nick Gold | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Politics
Nick Gold

It is up to us to couple the expert opinion with our own accumulation of information in order to reach our own individual ideas, achieve our own success and attain fulfilment in any area that we choose to turn our minds to.

Optimists: The World Needs You Now

Simon Cohen | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Simon Cohen

It's hard being an optimist in 2016. After 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela said: 'Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward...

Living In A Post-Truth Age

Canon J.John | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Canon J.John

I've been reflecting on the announcement from Oxford Dictionaries that, courtesy of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump amongst other things, the ...

#NHS Post-It: How To Fight For Our NHS In The World Of Post-Truth Politics

Dr Chris James | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Dr Chris James

In 2015, the realities of "post-truth politics" began to hit home for Junior Doctors. Politicians began commenting on all matters NHS with such authority that it had to be true, right? Junior doctors may work in the system, but trust your politicians with the oversight of this national treasure, they know best.

Have Disabled People Been A Victim Of Post-Truth?

Simon Stevens | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

The liberal media are as guilty of post-truth as anyone else, particularly focusing on people with impairments as a part of the new poor only they can protect from 'Trumpmania'. Post-truth is a central part of the general car crash of politics and society internationally we are currently witnessing, where people with impairments have particularly become a part of the casualty list.

Post Truth, Post Brexit, Post Rationality

Greg Bennett | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Greg Bennett

Philip Hammond is having a gloomy day. For the past month he's hardly been out of his office. He's been pacing up and down pulling his own hair out as...