The Responsibilities and Obligations of STS in a Moment of Post-Truth Demagoguery

Engaging Science, Technology, and Society

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Title The Responsibilities and Obligations of STS in a Moment of Post-Truth Demagoguery
Creator Hoffman, Steve G.
Subject STs; journalism; political theory; sociology
authoritarianism; demagoguery; fact checking; knowledge democracy; post-truth; scientific facts
Description Scientific expertise and the free press have come under sustained partisan attack with the political ascendance of right-wing nationalism. This has put some science and technology studies (STS) scholars in the difficult position of defending the legitimacy of science while maintaining a characteristic agnosticism toward “the facts.” In this essay, inspired by a reading of Noortje Marres’s (2018) critique of fact-checking services, I seek to relieve some of the background anxiety I sense that perhaps STS research paved a path for the rise of right wing authoritarianism and “post-truth” politics. We are not dealing with a process of fact making in this environment, at least not of the scientific variety. Instead, we are dealing with political demagoguery. As scholars, we should therefore equip ourselves with the appropriate analytic and technological tools, and as many as possible, for engaging this political moment.
Publisher The Society for Social Studies of Science
Date 2018-07-24
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article

Format application/pdf
Source Engaging Science, Technology, and Society; Vol 4 (2018); 444-452
Language eng
Coverage global
20th & 21st century

Rights Copyright (c) 2018 Steve G. Hoffman

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