Post-Truth: An Interdisciplinary Exploration

of Portsmouth

March 24th,

Keynote: Professor Steve Fuller ( of Warwick)

Post-Truth, as a concept, seemed to exemplify 2016. The term, in fact, was appointed word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries, underscoring its pre-eminence. The phenomenon is characterized by notions of ‘fake news’, ‘alternative facts’, and ‘false information’, but is this simply residue from the postmodern debate trickling down to its broader expression in social media?

Despite seeming to be singularly of the moment, it is by no means a new concept. Its origins can be found in George ’s “Doublespeak” or, indeed, those real-world totalitarian governments which sought to efface the truth with their confidently stated and frequently repeated lies. Now, as in 1942, we may say that ‘intellectual honesty and balanced judgement have simply disappeared from the face of the earth’.

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