Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We


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  1. John Anthony John Anthony says:

    Intelligent, very intelligible and a darned good read.When he was on the Today Programme on Radio 4 it was almost a pleasure being woken up at 6 30 am the time my alarm is set for to this man s smiling voice The voice and the smile were there on the page as I read.The book has done me a world of good it has helped me to come to terms with all the bullshit around me, which seemed in danger of clogging my airwaves Evan has made sense of it for me, sometimes stating the obvious, at others po Intelligent, very intelligible and a darned good read.When he was on the Today Programme on Radio 4 it was almost a pleasure being woken up at 6 30 am the time my alarm is set for to this man s smiling voice The voice and the smile were there on the page as I read.The book has done me a world of good it has helped me to come to terms with all the bullshit around me, which seemed in danger of clogging my airwaves Evan has made sense of it for me, sometimes stating the obvious, at others pointing out what I might be missing.Beautifully and kindly written, even when calling out mega peak bullshitters Dedication page For all those people to whom I have everlied, nearly lied, economised with facts or been phoney, insecure or pretentious.This is for you.I fear there are too many of you to mention by name.And for GuillaumeTo whom I am incapable of being anything other than completely honest Contents Preface to the paperback editionIntroductionSection 1 What1 Truth, Post Truth and Post Fact2 Nonsense and Gibberish3 Gestures and Phoney Behaviour4 Bullshit The TheorySection 2 Why5 Hidden Messages6 Being Human7 Short Termism8 Culture and NormsSection 3 How9 Limits to the Power of Persuasion10 Better Bullshit11 The Discerning ListenerFinal WordsNotesAcknowledgements Index


  2. Adam Adam says:

    Clever title that backfired Overpromised underdelivered We reached it because we let it and fall for it as gullible lazy people Prevent it by being aware and being sceptical but not cynical Mostly politics and Trump with UK focus Brexit and political speak in Britian , but could have given corporate examples Perhaps being a business journalist prevented this, can t step on any of his City of London friend s toes He actually mentions the Twitter behaviour of some well known people but does Clever title that backfired Overpromised underdelivered We reached it because we let it and fall for it as gullible lazy people Prevent it by being aware and being sceptical but not cynical Mostly politics and Trump with UK focus Brexit and political speak in Britian , but could have given corporate examples Perhaps being a business journalist prevented this, can t step on any of his City of London friend s toes He actually mentions the Twitter behaviour of some well known people but doesn t want to name them for fear of starting an argument, and he wants to be the nice guy that gets radio interviews or just can t be bothered with arguments I guess you shouldn t write this book then Evan Davis if you don t want to hurt those poor elites fee fees Grow a pair mate


  3. Paul Paul says:

    Very obvious things explained to you as if you were really, really thick Reminds me of BBC journalism Oh, wait


  4. Trish Trish says:

    Bullshit is probably as old as language itself but it seemsprevalent now, in Anglophone countries, since general literacy and mass media began, world wars excluded Although some of Evan Davis s comments seem self evident once you hear them, or are reminded of them, 2017 must make everyone wonder about the nature of truth, but unlike Pilate, we d be well advised not just to wash our hands His cynical comments have given him nearly 2000 years of bad press, well deserved as it happens, for Bullshit is probably as old as language itself but it seemsprevalent now, in Anglophone countries, since general literacy and mass media began, world wars excluded Although some of Evan Davis s comments seem self evident once you hear them, or are reminded of them, 2017 must make everyone wonder about the nature of truth, but unlike Pilate, we d be well advised not just to wash our hands His cynical comments have given him nearly 2000 years of bad press, well deserved as it happens, for many reasons I think I should listen to this book about twice a year, as a refresher I don t watch TV much, BBC now then, so I miss out on most advertising except online Still, I accepted Davis s suggestion that cool adverts can t sell bad products for long with reservations The Trump phenomenon takes some explaining and I m willing to hear different views from experienced journalists from reference sources and academics about the success of a politician who seems to me and I am allowed a view, even if others don t like it a repulsive example of the worst aspects of US culture Davis reminds me that instead of just vomiting at Twitter government, I might do better to think what s going on Use the heid


  5. Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin says:

    We get the bullshit we deserve The less we pay attention to facts as a public thestreams of bullshit that will flow from public figures We have reached a peak but it can still ascend higher if we just listen to things we want to hear The author explains the reasons for bullshitting and the many varied tools of the bullshitter and why accepting BS leads only toof it Required reading.


  6. Mikehendo Mikehendo says:

    In the absence of.5 star increments, I ll make the jump to 5.I ve noticed this book getting flak from people who have obviously never read it, calling it an attack on Trump, but the 45th president is merely on the periphery in this discussion about Bullshit, how to identify it, and how to respond to it.The history and analysis of bullshit throughout the pages of this book is attention grabbing, and well analyzed, I thoroughly enjoyed it.


  7. Sujith Sujith says:

    A breezy read, much of which comes as blatantly obvious or elemetary with anyone with some media literacy, but which thankfully comes with a hopeful and reassuring conclusion.


  8. Sudakshina Bhattacharjee Sudakshina Bhattacharjee says:

    There is a very fine line between marketing communications, advertising, politics, so called white lies and bullshit Well known BBC broadcaster, Evan Davis, takes you on a deep discourse into the commercial and consumerist bases on which the way we create persuasive constructs eg, psychological pricing, political propaganda, fake news, etc tends to actually amount to nothing but bullshit baseless claims and banter Be assured, aside from the BS word, there s very little swearing in this There is a very fine line between marketing communications, advertising, politics, so called white lies and bullshit Well known BBC broadcaster, Evan Davis, takes you on a deep discourse into the commercial and consumerist bases on which the way we create persuasive constructs eg, psychological pricing, political propaganda, fake news, etc tends to actually amount to nothing but bullshit baseless claims and banter Be assured, aside from the BS word, there s very little swearing in this book The following points that Davis makes struck out to me 1 The people who come across well are usually the ones that don t try too hard to sell their message.2 If you are the right person, what you say will be accepted if you are the wrong person, nothing you say will be accepted.3 It is simply a matter for those working in communications to start from the view that straightforward honesty should be the approach to adopt on any particular occasion, unless there is a clear reason why it should not be.If you work in communications, or are intrigued by communicative phenomena, then this book is for you


  9. Amy Maddess Amy Maddess says:

    anecdotal repetitive very psych 101 surprisingly bullshitty


  10. Peter Dunn Peter Dunn says:

    This is a great analysis of how we got here struggles on ideas of how we get out of it but then don t we all.It is a thought provoking wander through the post truth world how we came to be in it, what it is now like, and some perhaps slightly too hopeful suggestions as to how we might get out of it There is much to value and ponder in this book so forgive me if the rest this review looks, in the main, at the book s few flaws.Like of all of us he is fascinated by the latest breed of po This is a great analysis of how we got here struggles on ideas of how we get out of it but then don t we all.It is a thought provoking wander through the post truth world how we came to be in it, what it is now like, and some perhaps slightly too hopeful suggestions as to how we might get out of it There is much to value and ponder in this book so forgive me if the rest this review looks, in the main, at the book s few flaws.Like of all of us he is fascinated by the latest breed of populist politician and their role in the post truth world He rightly sees them as succeeding in part because people are reacting against what they now perceive as the mendacious old politics, even though the new populism may perhaps be just as lacking in veracity, even if it actually believes in what it says However he struggles with how many of these populists behave On the one hand he counsels against politicians behaving in a confrontational finger waving accusatory style because he believes that ultimately people will judge that that in itself will be seen as flaw in character that will not serve them well when under pressure in office On the other hand he also sees how this behaviour excites strong responses from those who feel, rightly or wrongly, let down by the politicians those populists are monstering He covers well known techniques that can be used, consciously or unconsciously, to shape and sometime contort perception, such as framing and anchoring, but he also comes up with some interesting new ones Well new to me anyway In particular he looks at the auditory based Lombard effect the involuntary tendency of speakers in noisy situations to increase not only their own loudness but also to change the pitch, rate, and duration of syllables to enhance the audibility of their voice and he suggests that this is partnered by a Lombard effect in public debate In this case he claims people engage in a contorted competitive shouting in print, online etc, to get their point across in the noisy babble like debate of ideas While this concept works to explain a number of the situations he applies it to I am not convinced that it s the key explanation for much of the vileness on social media That I imagineis down to the degree of anonymity that can be possible there, or at least the distance social media provides frompersonal interaction with people.Lastly the book takes on and critiques everyone from advertisers, politicians, the public, and PR and comms folk in particular he lays into PR and comms folk, but hey we are used to that but it is only in the last 12 pages of the book that he really turns to the role of media in the post truth world Though he does pack a lot into those last 12 pages, detailing the various ways the media might exacerbate the problem.There is however somewhat of an over reliance on the BBC as an example of an outlet trying to hold the line for truth and balance Of course it is, but even it is not immune from some of the post truth phenomena he details, and it too has made errors when journalists have got carried away with a sensational story that later unravelled Also, despite the BBC being a beacon of impartiality, Evan Davis fails to give sufficient acknowledgement that much of media makes no bones about being openly biased in favour of one party rather than another and will quite transparently and freely take a specific side on a range of other things as well Our media are just as much a part of the post truth world as everyone else


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  • 11 March 2019

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