America's Post-Truth Phenomenon
When Feelings and Opinions Trump Facts and Evidence
by C.G. Prado, Editor
April 2018, 215pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6272-4
$48, 40€, A69
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Political lies swallowed by citizens have led to authoritarian and corrupt regimes in Germany, Russia, Spain, Turkey, and other nations.

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
C.G. Prado, PhD, FRSC, is emeritus professor of philosophy at Queen's University, twice an elected visiting fellow at Princeton University, and a fellow of the Royal Society. He has authored, coauthored, or edited 20 books, including America's Post-Truth Phenomenon: When Feelings and Opinions Trump Facts and Evidence and Social Media and Your Brain: Web-Based Communication Is Changing How We Think and Express Ourselves. He has also contributed to a number of anthologies and academic monographs and authored 30 journal articles.
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