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Truthiness

The Right to Rewrite Your Personal History

Mark Weinstein | Posted 07.15.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

On May 13, the ECJ rained on Google's anti-privacy parade by ruling that people can ask Google to delete sensitive information from its Internet search results. On the surface, you would think that online privacy advocates would refer to this court decision as the shot heard round the world -- only it's not and here's why.

The Truth About Global Warming

Jeffrey Bennett | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science
Jeffrey Bennett

Despite all the debate you often hear about global warming, the basic scientific case is so simple that it can be reduced to a three-step deductive argument.

Jason Linkins

How The Media Blew The Biggest Story Of The Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

Just over a week ago, Philadelphia Weekly published a cover story about a local musician named Jordan White, premised on the notion that White -- an earnest singer-songwriter type -- was some sort of stealth superstar in the Philadelphia music scene. The headline in the print edition was insistent in pushing this zingy notion: 'Jordan White may be the most famous local rock balladeer you've never heard of.'

Finding Truth in Business and Beyond

Christine Bader | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Christine Bader

The metrics and values by which we construct business success comprise what we believe to be a false narrative of the world, which means serious risks to the world's most vulnerable communities.

Colbert and Catechesis

Martin Marty | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Must all religious catechesis be dull? Manning does not suggest that catechists or anyone but Colbert can replicate his "delighted/delighting" approach, but they can learn from him as a model.

Filter Success: The End of Social Discourse

Shelly Palmer | Posted 09.08.2013 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

  237-ish years ago, a great, nascent political experiment fought its way into being. A government of the people, by the people and for the peop...

Truth Over Truthiness Is Job One for Watchdog Journalists

Dan Froomkin | Posted 08.12.2013 | Media
Dan Froomkin

Pursuing day-in day-out accountability reporting is more challenging than ever in a world of diminished journalistic resources and increasing spin. But battling misinformation is a special and essential kind of watchdog journalism.

Romnesia Is the New Truthiness: Obama Learns a Lesson From Colbert

Sophia A. McClennen | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Sophia A. McClennen

Obama has finally learned from Colbert that neologisms are not just snappy ways of packaging important ideas; they are also ways to get your supporters to play an active role in spreading them.

It's Arithmetic: The Romney Campaign Adds Up to Lies and Insults

Sophia A. McClennen | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Sophia A. McClennen

To trope on Bill Clinton, "It's Arithmetic." Colbert and Stewart have shown us that the Romney campaign adds up to lies and insults. Now it's our turn to do the math and decide what this campaign really adds up to.

American Dream Family Lore of DNC Keynote Speaker and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro Rings True

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Mayor Castro's family lore rings true. His grandmother, with a family tree extending back to Coahuila and Zacatecas, came here as a young girl and was taken in by relatives.

Truthiness Is Not a Joke: Lying and Loving It at the RNC

Sophia A. McClennen | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics
Sophia A. McClennen

CBS News reported that most of the major claims made by Ryan about Obama's record were misleading and untrue. Ryan then kept up his pattern of truthiness after the RNC when he lied about his best time in a marathon, shaving off more than an hour from his finish time. Seriously?

Art In The Age Of 'Truthiness' Debuts

The Huffington Post | Kath | Posted 07.31.2012 | Arts

"Truthiness," the quality of preferring concepts one wishes to be true over those known to be true, was introduced by the comedian Stephen Colbert in ...

Stephen Colbert, Scientific Pioneer

Chris Mooney | Posted 06.05.2012 | Science
Chris Mooney

Truthiness is the quality of knowing something in your gut or your heart, as opposed to in your head. Colbert didn't just diagnose a deep malady in American political discourse. He also used phrases that anticipated research results on the differences between liberals and conservatives.

"Obama? I Wouldn't Vote for That Socialite"

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Bernard Starr

If you don't know the difference between a socialite and socialist, you are a prime candidate for the U.S. Republican debate team.

Doing Something About Truthiness in Politics and News

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.20.2012 | Media
Craig Newmark

There are plenty of good fact-checking efforts in progress. However, we need to address what Jon Stewart calls the "CNN leaves it there" problem, where a reporter sees that a public figure is lying, but doesn't fact-check him, saying that they have to "leave it there."

Merry Christmas From Colbert: Satire's Special Gift

Sophia A. McClennen | Posted 02.22.2012 | TV
Sophia A. McClennen

What is Colbert's greatest gift this holiday season? It's his satire -- and especially his way of using words -- puns, neologisms, wordplay, etc. to encourage his audience to think critically.

The Wavelength: Original Reporting--What's it Worth? Plus: Tracking the AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

The Media Consortium | Posted 06.04.2011 | Media
The Media Consortium

By Eric Arnold, Media Consortium blogger Last week, the New York Times debuted a long-awaited paywall, and stats blogger Nate Silver used the launch a...

Digging Hurts: The Trauma of Writing Fiction Truthfully

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

While writing my novel, I accessed dark emotional truths. But I think I learned something: If one's past is cooked correctly and honestly, it's bound to leave the writer with a bit of indigestion.

Shadow Elite: Truthiness, Porn and the Real Problem With Reality TV

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Janine R. Wedel

What do the makers of reality TV and the makers of pornography have in common with some of America's top power brokers? It may be less of a stretch than it sounds.

The Truth in Truthiness: Christine O'Donnell Gets Honest

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Olmsted

As long as we're going to be spending so much time in the Tea Party fantasy world, I thought it only fair that I turn the tables. What would it sound like if Christine O'Donnell made a completely honest speech?

Shadow Elite: Truthiness in the Twitter Era

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

The insidious and deceptive self-branding that used to be confined to the corporate world is now also used by political message-makers, aiming to create a look and feel that consumers identify with intuitively.

Internet Petitions Stephen Colbert To Hold 'Restoring Truthiness' Rally At Lincoln Memorial

Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

A grassroots campaign has begun to get Stephen Colbert to hold a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to counter Glenn Beck's recent "Restoring ...

Have You Had Your "Information Debris " Today?

Caryl Rivers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Caryl Rivers

The beliefs held by "Truthers" and "Birthers" were culled not from mailings from extremist groups or the creepy websites of the lunatic fringe. They were discussed by the mainstream media.

Shadow Elite: March to War -- Rove, Perle, & Truthiness

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

One wishes that Iraq was now simply a matter of historian research. But the reality is that we're still there and the country is still dangerously unstable. No amount of truthiness can make that hard fact go away.

Washington Post Fostering Confusion About Clean Energy Opportunities

A. Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
A. Siegel

By arguing that a transition to a clean energy economy will lead to some job losses, Sunil Sharan reminds us of doomsayers who fight change, focusing on costs while ignoring the greater benefits.