How we got here: The origins of post-truth anti-environmentalism

“I grew up in the Long Island suburbs of New York and have vivid memories of running behind the “fog trucks”. These trucks went through the neighbourhoods spraying DDT for mosquito control until it was banned in 1972.

I didn’t know it until much later, but that experience, and exposure, was extended due to the pesticide industry’s lies and tactics – what is now labelled “post-truth”.

Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962. It was a beautifully written, if distressing, bit of what we today call “research translation”. The “silent spring” was the impact of DDT as songbird species were killed off.

Carson tried to expose the chemical industry’s disinformation. For doing so, she was roundly and untruthfully attacked as a communist and an opponent of progress. Silent Spring was one of the most popular and vetted overviews of environmental science of all time. Yet lies and bullshit prevented a decent policy response for a decade.

And the lies won’t go away. In 2007, one of the think-tanks responsible for climate science misinformation, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, began reiterating one of the main refuted claims about Carson. She was said to be responsible for millions of deaths due to the ban on DDT to control mosquitoes that spread malaria.

The reality is that while DDT was banned for agriculture in the US – and spraying on kids in suburban neighbourhoods – it was never banned for anti-malarial use. Even now. But the political right and the dirtiest chemical industry players in all of industrial capitalism have long painted environmentalists as killers – of people, progress and jobs.

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Featured Image taken as a screen grab from Silent Spring

Will the Lies Continue?

Estonian Leader Rues ‘Post-Truth’ Politics Before Trump Meeting

Image: Kersti Kaljulaid, Estonia’s president, pauses during an interview at the presidential palace in Tallinn on April 6, 2017

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid criticized politicians who pursue divisive political campaigns and disregard facts, setting the tone a day before she meets U.S. President Donald Trump.

Leaders who win office with the help of “post-truth” campaigns but can’t deliver on their promises will see their governments fail, Kaljulaid told a conference in the Latvian capital, Riga, Wednesday. From there, she’ll head to Warsaw where she’ll meet her counterparts from 12 central and eastern European countries in the Three Seas Initiative. Trump will also attend.

“Post-truth is a short-termist strategy,” she said. “To counter post-truth politics, we need better political leadership.”

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Photo credit: Peti Kollanyi/Bloomberg

 

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The Post-Truth World – Why Have We Had Enough Of Experts?

We are living in a post-truth world, where alternative facts and fake news compete on an equal footing with peer-reviewed research and formerly-authoritative sources such as the United Kingdom’s global news and current affairs service, the BBC.

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/lbsbusinessstrategyreview/2017/05/22/the-post-truth-world-why-have-we-had-enough-of-experts/#15b8140754e6

Call for Media-Makers: POST-TRUTH Project

On Inauguration Day 2017, Open Signal and Lower Boom partnered to launch the POST-TRUTH project, at Post-Truth-World.com.

We’re awarding $1000 stipends to five regional media-makers so they can make original works about “post-truth,” or what it’s like to live in a post-factual political era.

Project Requirements
We’d like regional filmmakers, storytellers, media-makers and artists to submit proposals that include project descriptions, scripts, works in progress or finished films.

After stipends are awarded, media-makers will have four months to complete their projects. The finished work will premiere at a public Post-Truth screening in November, to be hosted on the Post-Truth-World.com website, and to air on Open Signal’s website and cable channels.

To Apply
You’re invited to submit proposals to POST-TRUTH now through May 30 at midnight. Read application instructions and submit online at:

https://www.opensignalpdx.org/about/opportunities/

Call for Media-Makers: POST-TRUTH Project

How to fight ‘fake news’ in a post-truth environment

Though co-opted by US President Donald Trump, the ‘fake news’ phenomenon is global and weakening trust in media.

Its definition is unclear and can change depending on whom you ask. It is used in increasingly politicised ways across much of the world.

And, although its leap to prominence is largely due to 140-character Twitter posts coming out of the White House, it now has widespread implications for journalism, politics, and how people everywhere share information online.

But what exactly is “fake news” and what effect is it having globally?

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http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/03/fight-fake-news-post-truth-environment-170327162945897.html

Journalism Fights for Survival in the Post-Truth Era

THE NEWS MEDIA is in trouble. The advertising-driven business model is on the brink of collapse. Trust in the press is at an all-time low. And now those two long-brewing concerns have been joined by an even larger existential crisis. In a post-fact era of fake news and filter bubbles, in which audiences cherry-pick the information and sources that match their own biases and dismiss the rest, the news media seems to have lost its power to shape public opinion.

Read more here:

https://www.wired.com/2017/02/journalism-fights-survival-post-truth-era/

The Evangelical Roots of Our Post-Truth Society

THE arrival of the “post-truth” political climate came as a shock to many Americans. But to the Christian writer Rachel Held Evans, charges of “fake news” are nothing new. “The deep distrust of the media, of scientific consensus — those were prevalent narratives growing up,” she told me.

READ MORE: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/13/opinion/sunday/the-evangelical-roots-of-our-post-truth-society.htm