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Cambridge PhD Clinic Workshop - Fake News

When Apr 26, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Room B4, Institute of Criminology
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PhD Clinic Workshop - Fake News

"…nothing has to be true for ever.  Just for long enough, to tell you the
truth." (Terry Pratchett, The Truth)

Until recently 'fake news' was something restricted to April Fools Day in the public perception, however the lead-up to the EU referendum in the UK and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump have popularised a new connotation of the term. Various dictionaries picked 'post-truth', 'post-factual' and 'fake news' as their phrases of the year 2016 reflecting a rise in the concern over the intentional spreading of misinformation in highly-charged political or social matters. Furthermore the growing distrust of objective facts has been linked to anti-intellectualism and anti-science sentiments. So where do we as academics stand in this brave new world of alternative facts, truthful hyperboles, hoaxes and circular reporting? Were the events of last year a watershed moment in the history of journalism and science or a manifestation of a long-term trend? And what are we to play in the discourse about objective versus subjective reality?

We will be joined in our discussion by Professor John Naughton and Dr Ella McPherson.



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