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The constitution of knowledge : a defense of truth / Jonathan Rauch.

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Summary:

"Disinformation. Trolling. Conspiracies. Social media pile-ons. Campus intolerance. On the surface, these recent additions to our daily vocabulary appear to have little in common. But together, they are driving an epistemic crisis: a multi-front challenge to America's ability to distinguish fact from fiction and elevate truth above falsehood. In 2016, Russian trolls and bots nearly drowned the truth in a flood of fake news and conspiracy theories, and Donald Trump and his troll armies continued to do the same. Social media companies struggled to keep up with a flood of falsehoods, and too often didn't even seem to try. Experts and some public officials began wondering if society was losing its grip on truth itself. Meanwhile, another new phenomenon appeared: cancel culture. At the push of a button, those armed with a cellphone could gang up by the thousands on anyone who ran afoul of their sanctimony. In this pathbreaking book, Jonathan Rauch reaches back to the parallel eighteenth-century developments of liberal democracy and science to explain what he calls the "Constitution of Knowledge"-our social system for turning disagreement into truth. By explicating the Constitution of Knowledge and probing the war on reality, Rauch arms defenders of truth with a clearer understanding of what they must protect, as well as why and how to do so"--Provided by publisher.
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Baker County Library 121 .R241c 2021 (Text) 37814003256691 NON-FICTION - NEW Book System_Only_3months 06/14/2021 Checked out 08/13/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780815738862
  • ISBN: 0815738862
  • Physical Description: viii, 305 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, 2021.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-287) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
A Terrible Statement Unless He Gets Away with It -- The State of Nature: Tribal Truth -- Booting Reality: The Rise of Networked Knowledge -- The Constitution of Knowledge -- Disinformation Technology: The Challenge of Digital Media -- Troll Epistemology: ""Flood the Zone with Shit -- Canceling: Despotism of the Few -- Unmute Yourself: Pushing Back.
Summary, etc.:
"Disinformation. Trolling. Conspiracies. Social media pile-ons. Campus intolerance. On the surface, these recent additions to our daily vocabulary appear to have little in common. But together, they are driving an epistemic crisis: a multi-front challenge to America's ability to distinguish fact from fiction and elevate truth above falsehood. In 2016, Russian trolls and bots nearly drowned the truth in a flood of fake news and conspiracy theories, and Donald Trump and his troll armies continued to do the same. Social media companies struggled to keep up with a flood of falsehoods, and too often didn't even seem to try. Experts and some public officials began wondering if society was losing its grip on truth itself. Meanwhile, another new phenomenon appeared: cancel culture. At the push of a button, those armed with a cellphone could gang up by the thousands on anyone who ran afoul of their sanctimony. In this pathbreaking book, Jonathan Rauch reaches back to the parallel eighteenth-century developments of liberal democracy and science to explain what he calls the "Constitution of Knowledge"-our social system for turning disagreement into truth. By explicating the Constitution of Knowledge and probing the war on reality, Rauch arms defenders of truth with a clearer understanding of what they must protect, as well as why and how to do so"--Provided by publisher.
Subject: Truth.
Truth > Political aspects.
Disinformation.
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