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Communication Matters - When politics is like pro-wrestling: Public discourse in a time of post-truth

12:30PM to 1:00PM June 8, 2017
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Centre for Dialogue, Learning and Innovation Centre

Join us Thursday, June 8, 2017 in the Centre for Dialogue for our next Communication Matters event.

From 12:30 to 1 p.m. School of Communication and Culture Associate Prof. David Black will discuss public discourse in a time of post-truth with guests Robert Remington and Nigel Hannaford.

“Post-truth” was the Oxford Dictionary’s “word of the year” in 2016, and an idea which has illuminated strange and startling trends in public discourse recently. As defined by The Economist post-truth means “assertions that ‘feel true’ but that have no basis in fact.” Post-truth has surfaced in public debate relating to climate change and public health, but most notoriously in politics. Hence the title of The Economist editorial from September 2016 that is the premise for this panel: “Post-truth politics.”

Join panelists Hannaford, a long-time newspaper executive, writer, and commentator, and former manager of speechwriting in the Prime Minister’s Office, and Remington, veteran journalist and author, as they speak to post-truth and its significance to public discourse and politics.

A copy of The Economist editorial will be circulated at the event for everyone’s reference, and the panelists will be asked to address it in their brief remarks. Time for questions will be provided after the panelists have spoken.

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