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Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It

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'A Malcolm Gladwell-style social psychology/behavioural economics primer' Evening Standard

Low-level dishonesty is rife everywhere, in the form of exaggeration, selective use of facts, economy with the truth, careful drafting - from Trump and the Brexit debate to companies that tell us 'your call is important to us'. How did we get to a place where bullshit is not just ri

Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published May 11th 2017 by Little, Brown Book Group
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Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bullshit is probably as old as language itself but it seems more prevalent 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
Peter Mcloughlin
We get the bullshit we deserve. The less we pay attention to facts as a public the more streams 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 to more of it. Required reading.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books
Not an analysis of Brexit, Trump, etc. (for that, see this excellent book but a theoretical and behavioural approach to BS. This may be of interest to those in the corporate world as there is a lot of interesting ideas on communication and how (and how not) to best deliver your message. There is also a great chapter at the end about those of us on the receiving end of BS: how exactly should we, as listeners, respond? When we accept something as fact, why ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very obvious things explained to you as if you were really, really thick. Reminds me of BBC journalism. Oh, wait...
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
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Autors grāmatas ievadā kā centrālo šīs grāmatas problēmu izvirza jautājumu, kāpēc ir
tik daudz bulšita? Kāpēc cilvēki tam notic? Tāpēc autora mērķis ir izskaidrot, kāpēc bulšits
tiek tik plaši izmantots, un kā to var izmantot savā labā. Šī grāmata ir par godīgumu un
komunikāciju, jo meli ir mūsu ēras iezīme: “Mēs slīkstam bulšitā, kas ir tikai tik daudz
patiess, lai tie nebūtu meli..”.

Aprakstu uz vīna pudeles var uztvert kā bulšitu, jo cilvēks nevar vienlaicīgi sajust
septiņas garšas, kuras tiek apr
Sudakshina Bhattacharjee
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Peter Dunn
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
David Margetts
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting look at how 'lying' and delivering 'bullshit' has risen to epidemic proportions, the reasons why, the causes and the solutions. 2016 was a particularly spectacular year for the way that 'perceived' 'b/s' got out of hand, with the election of Trump and the Brexit vote. It encapsulated the way that politicians have progressively 'lost the trust' of the public, through a lack of openness and honesty in the way they communicate and behave. For politicians, read also CEO's, big brands, PR ...more
Achtung Englander
Bullshit is everywhere. So this subject is perfect for a deep analysis on how it is corrupting society and how we, as consumers of products and politics, have become apathetic to being lied at. This book is not what you are looking for.

This book is perfect for arriving space aliens who do not know the concept of mendacious or exaggerated verbal diarrhoea. For humans who have been on this planet for some time and come across bullshit in their everyday lives, the book has less eureka moments and
Tadas Talaikis
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
We reached peak bullshit. Probably, I can judge from my own communication. I was always the straightforward one and through decades of research and communication I have learned and now know most people are hiding B.S. and crazy, crapy fantasies in their heads. They even believe they can hide them, but just few words with me and I know everything :) On the other hand, I don't think Trump is an evil, everything we see isn't real, those are just media fantasies, at least in majority of "scream case ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Took a while to get into this, but in the end, I found it a really interesting read. Wasn't left very optimistic by the "what can we do about it" part but we certainly need to do something about the parlous state of politics in Australia at the moment. I have been teaching about it for 40 years and I have never seen a level of debate as low as it is at present. What used to be political news has become overwhelmed with a plethora of mostly right wing commentators and new media laws will only str ...more
Simon Howard
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Evan Davis gives an overview of some of the things that drive people to lie, and expresses frustration at those who lie unnecessarily. This is concise and illustrated with interesting examples, but doesn't really say very much that is new, and comes across as a bit patronising in parts.

I was attracted by the idea that this book might, as the subtitle suggests, make an argument that we have reached 'peak bullshit' and hence might expect to see a decline: that would be a bold prognostication in th
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I like Evan Davis as a TV presenter and the theme of bullshit (more than 'post-truth', which is just a silly buzzword) has interested me for a while.
It's a tidily structured book and makes a bunch of reasonable points but if anything an excessively reasonable approach is its downfall. It's sensible but not very entertaining and not especially insightful. All very on the one hand, on the other hand, let's not panic. Which is fair enough (or maybe a bit too fair), but by about halfway through I'd
Sam Wilkinson
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting, lots of footnotes and references for further reading.
Ailith Twinning
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, 2018
This is junk-food. I enjoyed the narrator for the audiobook, so no loss, but it doesn't really deliver on . .. much of anything really, it's just vaguely optimistic, and I can't really be bothered to argue its points, it's just too surface level to be interesting. His point i s"Don't assume people are stupid without good evidence, but clearly bullshit works sometimes, but equally clearly the economist model of rational actors works in the long run." Just. . .just. . .bah, can't be bothered.

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