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The Post-Truth Issue

Truth Issue

“Post-truth—adjective; relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” So says Oxford Dictionaries, announcing their 2016 word of the year. If we really have entered a post-truth era, as so many have written, what does that mean for the scholar and the student? For the citizen and the state? In our special issue, we wrestle with these and other urgent questions.

  • The Review

    Our Graduates Are Rubes

    We are churning out entitled students with paltry knowledge and inflated egos, easy prey for propagandists.
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    When Truth Becomes a Commodity

    What becomes of the public when truth becomes just another consumer preference?
  • The Review

    Know-Nothing Nation

    Can democracy work if the people don’t care about the truth?
  • The Review

    Fighting Fake

    Waging war against fake news has its perils.
  • The Review

    The Plots Against America

    Conspiracy theories have gone from the margins to the heart of public life.
  • The Review

    Facebook and Falsehood

    Why the fake-news problem means the social-network giant can no longer run away from politics.
  • The Review

    Google and the Misinformed Public

    The truth suffers when search algorithms become our educators.