This book is a must-read for all of us, given the ubiquity of information and the seeming difficulty to verify all the information on the internet and web.
We are living in a post-truth era. The media have a bias against truth. Instead, it enjoys encouraging us to believe pseudo-information that is not necessarily true. There is so much room to persuade in false ways that the average person who is seeking information cannot possibly be aware of all the ways without making their life avocation to keep on top of all the lies that the media presents as truth.
We are surrounded by bad data, half-truths at best and fake news at its worse. The news has glorified drama. And the US president has become one of the biggest jokes for the media. They thrive on exaggerating and sometimes even making things up just to entertain people.
So, what can we do??? Well, we can do a lot. However, in do something about all of this misinformation that is pounded on us, we have to stop and critically assess what the media throws at us. That means that we shouldn’t be in a hurry to buy the newest cream on the market that promises to take all of our cellulite away in a few hours. Instead, we should research the product and the claims. We should determine the veracity of their claims. And with a lot of what the media throws at us, most of the veracity is missing and we are shovelled misinformation and fake news.
This saddens me as a philosopher. But I think we can all do our part just by simply doing more critical reflection and less uncritical acceptance.
This book should be read by anyone who feels overwhelmed every time they put on the television. This book will also be of interest to psychologists, sociologists and anyone who is interested in the current state of our culture of fake truth.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth