True Enough
True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society Book Cover True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society
Farhad Manjoo
Non-Fiction
Wiley
March 17, 2008
258

From the Publisher:

"Why has punditry lately overtaken news? Why do lies seem to linger so long in the cultural subconscious even after they’ve been thoroughly discredited? And why, when more people than ever before are documenting the truth with laptops and digital cameras, does fact-free spin and propaganda seem to work so well? True Enough explores leading controversies of national politics, foreign affairs, science, and business, explaining how Americans have begun to organize themselves into echo chambers that harbor diametrically different facts—not merely opinions—from those of the larger culture."

What La Generalista has to say:

While published a few years ago, True Enough is still very much worth the read. An example-led look at how our information environment is changing, considering both how we are led as well as how we participate in distorting reality.

“Selective exposure, selective perception, the cult of fake experts, and the end of objectivity in the news: these are merely pistons in what has become, today, a powerful engine of propaganda, one that drives nearly all the recent examples of our society’s unfettered departure from “the reality-based world.”

This is a disturbing glimpse into how the media machinery coupled with our own biases influences content and our actions as a result. Readers might walk away more cynical, but it is hoped, better prepared to cope in our current information environment.

True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society is available for purchase at at Amazon.

About Author

Alicia Wanless

La Generalista is the online identity of Alicia Wanless – a researcher and practitioner of strategic communications for social change in a Digital Age. Alicia researches how we shape — and are shaped — by a changing information space. As the Director of Strategic Communications at The SecDev Foundation, Alicia develops campaigns and strategies for engaging beneficiaries in outreach and behavioural change. Her work includes developing a training program that deals with verifying information and the spread of content online, and has supported projects in the Middle East, Vietnam and the post-Soviet space.

3 Comments

  1. Public Bureau on

    Reminds me of Stephen Colbert’s concept of truthiness, which would be funny if it wasn’t what has actually replaced truth of late. Adding this to my “must buy books” list, thanks for the recomendation!

    • La Generalista
      La Generalista on

      Not to spoil the book too much, the author does build on Colbert’s concept. I think it was a bit of inspiration! Happy reading!

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