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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Communication in a Post Truth Age of Politics

Some on the right claim that the mainstream media is ideologically biased. This bias justifies ideological reporting on outlets such as Fox News to "counterbalance" perceived liberal bias. What emerges from this "balanced," if not fair, approach is a public sphere in which no claim is taken by viewers as intended to express truth only bias one way or another. When audiences don't expect truth, they may not hold candidates responsible for falsehoods. In the current presidential campaigns, numerous false assertions have been made with little political cost. In most philosophical and common sense understandings of communication, listeners trust speakers to be intending to speak the truth. This talk will consider how communication in the public sphere functions when truthfulness and trust have broken down.

  • Location:
    Wiener Auditorium, Ground Floor, Taubman Building, HKS
  • Date:
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012
  • Time:
    4:30 PM

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