Speaking Power to Truth: Digital Discourse and the Public by Michael Keren,Richard Hawkins

By Michael Keren,Richard Hawkins

on-line discourse has created a brand new media setting for contributions to public lifestyles, person who demanding situations the social value of the position of public intellectuals—intellectuals who, even if by way of selection or by means of condition, provide remark on problems with the day. the worth of such remark is rooted within the assumption that, via advantage in their education and event, intellectuals own knowledge—that they comprehend what constitutes wisdom with admire to a selected subject, may be able to distinguish it from mere opinion, and are capable of outline its relevance in numerous contexts. whilst intellectuals touch upon concerns of public obstacle, they're hence presumed to talk fact, whether or not they are writing books or op-ed columns or showing as site visitors on radio and tv information courses. even as, with expanding frequency, discourse on public existence is happening on-line. This new electronic setting is characterised through abundance—an abundance of audio system, dialogue, and entry. yet has this abundance of discourse—this democratization of information, as a few describe it—brought with it a corresponding bring up in truth?

Casting doubt at the statement that on-line discourse, with its proliferation of voices, will one way or the other yield collective knowledge, Speaking strength to Truth increases issues that this wealth of digitally enabled statement is, in truth, too usually bereft of the hallmarks of highbrow discourse: an epistemological framework and the supply of proof to verify claims. as a substitute, the pursuit of fact reveals itself in pageant with the hunt for public popularity, entry to steer, and stronger visibility. yet as wisdom is drawn into the orbit of energy, and because the line among wisdom and opinion is blurred, what position will the general public highbrow play within the advertising and nurturing of democratic procedures and pursuits? In exploring the results of the electronic transition, the participants to conversing strength to fact supply either empirical proof of, and philosophical mirrored image on, the present and destiny function of the general public highbrow in a technologically mediated public sphere.


With contributions by way of Karim-Aly Kassam, Barrry Cooper, Jacob G. Foster, Richard Hawkins, Michael Keren, Boaz Miller, Liz Pirnie, and Eleanor Townsley.

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