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- v, 250 p. ; 23 cm.
- "True Enough explores leading controversies of national politics, foreign affairs, science, and business, explaining how Americans have begun to organize themselves into echo chambers that harbor diametrically different facts - not merely opinions - from those of the larger culture. We meet people who espouse far-out interpretations of reality - about everything from the history of John Kerry's time in Vietnam to the integrity of the 2004 election to the truth about 9/11 - and dig into the mechanism by which they came to hold those beliefs."--BOOK JACKET.Contents: Introduction: Why facts no longer matter -- "Reality" is splitting -- The new tribalism : swift boats and the power of choosing -- Trusting your senses : selective perception and 9/11 --Questionable expertise : the stolen election and the men who push it -- The twilight of objectivity, or what's the matter with Lou Dobbs? -- "Truthiness" everywhere -- Epilogue: Living in a world without trust.Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-243) and index.Summary: "In True Enough, Manjoo presents findings from psychology, sociology, political science, and economics to show how new technologies are prompting the cultural ascendancy of belief over fact. In an age of talk radio, cable TV, and the Internet - the blog- and You Tube-addled million-channel media universe - it is no longer necessary for any of us to confront notions that contradict what we "know" to be true. Stephen Colbert calls this "truthiness" - when something feels true without any evidence that it is. Here Manjoo probes the cognitive basis of truthiness, exploring how biases push both liberals and conservatives to select and interpret news in a way that accords with their personal versions of "reality.""