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