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11 July 2017 | NatCen - Head Office

James Ball on Post-Truth

Series: Eat, drink, think

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Join us over pizza and beer to hear James Ball discuss his new book ‘Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World’.

In his new book Post-Truth, James Ball describes how 2016 marked the birth of the post-truth era. Sophistry and spin have coloured politics since the dawn of time, but two shock events – the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s elevation to US President – heralded a departure into murkier territory. From Trump denying video evidence of his own words, to the infamous Leave claims of £350 million for the NHS, politics has rarely seen so many stretching the truth with such impunity. Bullshit gets you noticed. Bullshit makes you rich. Bullshit can even pave your way to the Oval Office.

This is bigger than fake news and bigger than social media. It’s about the slow rise of a political, media and online infrastructure that has devalued truth. This is the story of bullshit: what’s being spread, who’s spreading it, why it works – and what we can do to tackle it.

James Ball is a special correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London. He formerly worked for the Guardian investigation's team on the publication of the NSA files, received from Edward Snowden, and reported on the WikiLeaks’ Guantanamo Bay files. Before joining the Guardian, he worked with Channel 4 Dispatches, Panorama, Al Jazeera and ITN with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and was a freelancer working for WikiLeaks during its publication of 250,000 US embassy cables. 

This event is by invitation only. 

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