Do we live in a ‘Post-truth’ Society?

Nov 13, 2017

A panel discussion in English on post-truth and fake news, as part of the international series of panel discussions entitled Battle of Ideas. The event is organized in cooperation with the Institute of Ideas and Hellenic American College...

A panel discussion in English on post-truth at the Hellenic American Union

In 2016, the Oxford English Dictionary declared ‘post-truth’ was its ‘Word of the Year’, defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’. That definition certainly fits the way many commentators viewed Donald Trump’s election as US president and the UK’s vote to leave the European Union. But post-truth is by no means solely an Anglo-Saxon phenomenon. Earlier this year, when the IMF released its latest survey on the Greek economy, which stated its levels of public debt were unsustainable, the German government protested, the European Commission refused to accept it, and the Greeks flatly denied its factual worth.

But how new is this ‘post-truth’ society? Politicians have never been averse to telling lies in order to win office or justify policies. Do we really live in a ‘post-truth’ society? If so, what does that mean for politics and democracy? Are we doomed to an era in which demagogues win elections by appealing to emotions rather than facts?

Speaking at the event will be: Thodoris Georgakopoulos (Writer and journalist; Editorial director, diaNEOsis), Luke Gittos (Criminal lawyer; Director of City of London Appeals Clinic; Legal editor and Author), Dr Anna Nikolaou (Adjunct professor, Hellenic American University) and Menelaos Tzafalias (Freelance journalist and Producer). Moderator: Ashley Frawley (Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy, Swansea University, Author).

Information

Organizer Hellenic American Union, Hellenic American College, Institute of Ideas
Venue Hellenic American Union Rooftop (8th Floor)
Start Date 13/11/2017
End Date 13/11/2017
Starting Time 19:30
Type Talk - Presentation
Participants Thodoris Georgakopoulos, Luke Gittos, Dr Anna Nikolaou, Menelaos Tzafalias, Ashley Frawley
Languages: EN
Interpretation Provided: No
Registration Required: No
Reservation Required: No
Admission Fee Admission is free
Last Update At: 2017/11/14 - 13:54:19

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