Why the Facts Can't Speak for Themselves

Sep 3, 2016 | 13:17 GMT

Facts, Fake News, and Post-Truth Politics
What we perceive through media is not reality per se, but rather a small piece of reality that is shaped by both the inherent limitations of the medium used and the messages it carries.

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This year's political disruptions in the United States and Europe have upended many of the chattering classes' long-held assumptions about voter behavior. Indications are that upcoming elections in both regions will continue to build new narratives about how voters express what they want and expect from their political systems. In this, as in all areas of modern life, media will play a central role. There are signs that 2016 may be a tipping point, where perception becomes its own reality and where our understanding of politics becomes truly post-modern....

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