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CfP: ‘Social Research in a Sceptical Age’

The current climate of scepticism towards ‘experts’ has put many research practitioners and users on the defensive.  Is it enough simply to assert the value of rigorous methods, or should we be checking, sharpening and improving our tools?  If ‘post-truth’ carries real meaning then the pressure is on researchers to […]

The Ontology of Fake News

What we are seeing with the growth of ‘fake news’ is perhaps the weaponisation of epistemology. In other words, ‘fake news’ as a construct is becoming a discursive component of our repertoire of contention. Far from entering a post-truth era, we are seeing truth becoming a mobilising device in a new […]

Donald Trump: Everyday Tactics of Post-Truth

In The Making of Donald Trump, David Johnston identifies the tactics used by Trump to deflect inquiries into his many shady dealings and questionable decisions. Sometimes this is a matter of outright threats, with an enthusiasm for litigation (1,900 suits as plaintiffs)  coupled with an explicitly articulated philosophy of vengeance proving a […]

An STS approach to ‘post-truth’

This 4S panel looks fascinating: I’d like to invite you to consider submitting a paper abstract to the panel I’m co-convening for 4S in Boston this year. Abstracts are due March 1. It would be great to have critical internet/digital media studies folks working with STS to speak to the […]

Denial and the Antinomies of (Post)Truth

Rarely can a film have been as timely as Denial. It tells the story of the libel action the holocaust denying historian David Irving took against Deborah Lipstadt and her publisher, alleging that she had damaged his professional reputation as a historian by claiming he had wilfully distorted evidence. The film recounts the events […]