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Navigating a Post-Truth Age

11 July 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Chatham House, London


Evan Davis, Presenter, BBC Newsnight; Author, Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It
Chair: Michael Goldfarb, London Bureau Chief, National Public Radio (1996-98); Presenter, First Rough Draft of History (FRDH); Freelance Broadcaster and Radio Documentarist



In the era of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’, has there been an erosion on the value people place on whether a statement is true or not? And does this matter? Evan Davis will argue that, from company culture and newspaper puff pieces through to political journalism and election campaigns, low-level dishonesty is rife. But how did society get to a place where deceit is not just endemic but apparently so effective that it has become a standard modern communications strategy?

Drawing on behavioural science, economics, psychology and his first-hand experience of the media industry, Davis will analyse how society has come to accept as normal this post-truth discourse and suggest ways in which people can navigate through the kinds of deceptions they might encounter day-to-day.