Pursuit of truth: Post-truth, trust and the ethics of deceit

Integrity 20’17 |
Length 57:48
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?

Rae Langton

Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at the University Cambridge, Read more

John Hewson

Former Leader of the Australian Liberal Party, business owner and economist, Read More

Susan Forde

Media expert and academic, Read more

Nick Enfield

Professor of Linguistics and head of the ‘Post Truth Initiative’, Read more

Julian Morrow

Comedian, satirist and television producer, Read more