|Jack Mitchell||Jwmitch1@wisc.edu||(608) 274-6903|
President Trump and many of his supporters deny the fact that he lost the 2020 election. Millions reject the facts of climate change. Progressives and libertarians who agree on nothing else staunchly refuse vaccinations for their children despite medical consensus on their importance.
Traditional news media are falsely accused of reporting fake news, while upstart media make no pretense of sticking to facts and striving for truth.
This course will examine the decay of truth on two tracks. We will look at evolving attitudes toward human rationality. And we will explore media technology from the printing press to the Internet and their implications for journalism that pursues truth and propaganda that seeks to persuade.