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- DescriptionOnline discourse has created a new media environment for contributions to public life, one that challenges the social significance of the role of public intellectuals-intellectuals who, whether by choice or by circumstance, offer commentary on issues of the day. The value of such commentary is rooted in the assumption that, by virtue of their training and experience, intellectuals possess kwledge-that they understand what constitutes kwledge with respect to a particular topic, are able to distinguish it from mere opinion, and are in a position to define its relevance in different contexts. When intellectuals comment on matters of public concern, they are accordingly presumed to speak truth, whether they are writing books or op-ed columns or appearing as guests on radio and television news programs. At the same time, with increasing frequency, discourse on public life is taking place online-l an environment that is characterized by an abundance of speakers, discussion, and access. But has this democratization of kwledge, as some describe it brought with it a corresponding increase in truth? Casting doubt on the assertion that online discourse, with its proliferation of voices, will somehow yield collective wisdom, Speaking Power to Truth raises concerns that this wealth of digitally enabled commentary is, in fact, too often bereft of the hallmarks of intellectual discourse: an epistemological framework and the provision of evidence to substantiate claims. Instead, the pursuit of truth finds itself in competition with the quest for public reputation, access to influence, and enhanced visibility. In exploring the implications of the digital transition, the contributors to Speaking Power to Truth provide both empirical evidence of, and philosophical reflection on, the current and future role of the public intellectual in a techlogically mediated public sphere.
- Author BiographyMichael Keren is a professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Political Science and the Department of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary. He is the author of many books on public intellectuals, political communication, and political literature, including Blogosphere: The New Political Arena and The Citizen's Voice: Twentieth-Century Politics and Literature. Richard Hawkins is professor in the Science, Technology and Society Program at the University of Calgary, senior fellow at the Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS), and a fellow of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa. He has served as policy consultant for such clients as the World Bank and Industry Canada and has authored more than a hundred scientific publications and technical reports on science, technology, and industry policy.
- PublisherAU Press
- Date of Publication30/05/2015
- SubjectScience & Mathematics: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleCultural Dialectics
- Place of PublicationEDMONTON
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintAU Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight340 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edited byMichael Keren,Richard Hawkins
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