After the Fact?

After the Fact? : The Truth About Fake News

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3.67 (48 ratings by Goodreads)

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Why are journalists and politicians trusted to tell the truth as little as estate agents? How can democracy function when everybody just believes whatever they want? Will we ever return to "normal"?

Written in an engaging and accessible style for a broad audience, After the Fact? examines how neoliberal and centrist ideologies, unaccountable technology corporations, corporate and governmental mendacity, and complacent, shoddy journalism have combined to produce the political crisis we find ourselves in, and what the challenges will be if we are to survive it.

Using a wide array of issues and examples - from identity politics to conspiracy theories to corruption scandals - this book is an entertaining appraisal of our changing relationship to political truth, taking issue with standard discourses around "fake news" and "post-truth".
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Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 30.48mm | 362.87g
  • Repeater Books
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1912248735
  • 9781912248735
  • 677,871

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"Gilroy-Ware goes deep to explain widespread propagation of and popular susceptibility to all kinds of dangerous nonsense today. This is an essential contribution to understanding our current conjuncture." "Gilroy-Ware evaluates why expanded access to information has instead led to a glut of disinformation and mistrust just when we need consensus on matters of grave import." "Expansive, interesting and, for a book that engages with some pretty complex ideas, surprisingly accessible. If you wanted to understand how capitalism operates today, particularly at an ideological level, it would be a good place to start."
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About Marcus Gilroy-Ware

A proud Londoner, Marcus Gilroy-Ware has been immersing himself in digital media since the age of five. Having lived in the United States, Brazil and Britain, he now writes, teaches, researches, creates and codes at the intersection of culture and communication. He is the author of Filling the Void: Emotion, Capitalism and Social Media (Repeater, 2017).
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