TRUTH WARS: A post-truth survival guide for consumers and citizens

TRUTH WARS: A post-truth survival guide for consumers and citizens

  • “Post-truth” applies to much more than just politicians lying, but also to the way our choices as consumers, citizens, and voters are manipulated by media and corporations, how “likes” became a substitute for truthfulness, and how 140 characters became the maximum length of a policy statement.
  • TRUTH WARS explores the post-truth landscape through an in-depth look at how the media, corporations, the scientific establishment, and (of course) politicians feed us inaccuracies that affect everything from our health choices, to voting decisions
  • The post-truth phenomenon partly results from lowered trust in institutions (post-trust politics), but also causes people to mistrust institutions, creating a vicious circle, a downward spiral of truth and trust.
  • No longer can scientists and policy experts assume that education and status grant credibility, let alone that citizens will follow their advice (on health, on climate, on voting). TRUTH WARS provides tools for critical thinking, for building relationships across ideological divides, and for reforming the way experts influence public opinion through increased transparency and engagement.
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