Pursuit of truth: Post-truth, trust and the ethics of deceit
Integrity 20’17 |
Filmed 19 Oct 2017
Venue Conservatorium Theatre
Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
South Bank, Brisbane
We have entered the post-truth, fake news era. The prevalence of misinformation, propaganda, fraud, falsehoods and outright lies points to a massive global crisis of truth and declining trust that spans government, media, science, business and even the personal; a crisis so urgent and damaging to the fabric of democracy that it is being called a defining issue of our times.
While manipulation of information is far from a new issue how is what’s happening today so different to the past? Why we are so easily persuaded by misinformation and appeals to emotion? How do we restore integrity in our communications and trust in evidence-based information and expert opinion, particularly in areas like science and the media?