A stirring and incisive manifesto on America's slide away from truth and reason. Over the last three decades, Michiko Kakutani has been thinking and writing about the demise of objective truth in popular culture, academia, and contemporary politics. In The Death of Truth, she connects the dots to reveal the slow march of untruth up to our present moment, when Red State and Blue State America have little common ground, proven science is once more up for debate, and all opinions are held to be equally valid. (And, more often than not, rudely declared online.) The wisdom of the crowd has diminished the power of research and expertise, and we are each left clinging to the "facts" that best confirm our biases.With wit, erudition, and remarkable insight, Kakutani offers a provocative diagnosis of our current condition and presents a path forward for our truth-challenged times....
|Title||:||The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump|
|Number of Pages||:||208 pages|
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The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump Reviews
To echo many of the other reviews, the language used in this book, particularly in the beginning, is inflammatory and unlikely to hold the attention of anyone other than those most firmly on the left, the supremely open-minded, and those somewhere in between. Having said that, the chapters that follow are a fascinating (if somewhat harrowing) exploration of how we ended up where we are today - particularly in terms of political propaganda and information overload - and parallels at other points ...more
Very deep reading of the current crisis which has roots that go back pretty far to elements of 20th-century movements like postmodernism and the totalitarian movements from the 1930s. Postmodernism and Nihilism were the tools to pry apart institutions and the idea of the truth and replace it with a nihilistic will to power that is at the center of the far right which holds the reigns of government in the US. The carefully written philosophical piece puts together the trends from the sixties of q ...more
This book should be essential reading for all Americans, (and actually all people in all countries.) Kakutani explains some of the history and seeds of untruth so we can see how this all began and how it has played out in the past. Her nine brief chapters plus Epilogue systematically investigate some of the major causes of our current state of confusion about what is true, from the distortion of language to social media to "fake news" and beyond.
I found this book extremely helpful in its organiz ...more
It appears they give the Pulitzer Prize to anyone now. With more than thirty years of experience in matters of Truth, Ms. Kakutani should have been able to come up with a well researched Encyclopedia on one of the most important words in the English language, for which she received a degree in at Yale University, a recipe for cliche communist tendencies (see Naked Communist). Because of this, I don't know what's more sad: her politics poisoning everything she writes about or all the people that ...more
Simply put, this is essential reading if you want to understand, at least in part, the political chaos caused by technology, and perpetuated by those who harness its power for authoritarian purposes.
Brilliantly researched and assembled by an author who is undeniably, a legend. Sure, I could knock off a star for being a bit scattershot and slightly overwhelming, but the importance of this book in 2018 can't be understated.
A very interesting look into truth and how it has been twisted in the 21st century. The connection Kakutani makes between alternative facts/fake news and postmodernism makes me a little uncomfortable as someone who was trained as a historian, but maybe that's the point.
In school, we spent a lot of time investigating the concept of Truth, and whether it can exist in a multicultural, diverse world. Everyone has biases, everyone has their own truth, so how can there be one great Truth that should ...more
Amazing book, describing how the country arrived at this point of "fake news", lies, etc. Discouraging but informative.