Generation Brexit

Are we living in a post-truth society?

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During the Brexit vote both sides of the argument espoused empirically unsubstantiated claims. The Remain campaign warned of impending economic meltdown right after the vote to exit the EU – that did not happen. The Leave campaign notoriously promised that Brexit would enable the UK to restore the sovereignty of the Parliament. It now turns out that government minters will be able to amend repatriated EU legislation as they wish. Boris Johnson famously promised to ‘take control’ over the £350 million a week we ‘send to Brussels’ (UK’s contributions to the EU budget). We knew then that the net sum was actually around £156 million. We now know that the UK will end up paying into EU’s coffers long after it exits.

Was the proliferation of these threats and promises a hallmark of a post-truth society?

What role did social media platforms play in proliferating these unsubstantiated claims?
• Have people really had enough of experts, as Michael Gove had claimed?
• Was #ProjectFear an example of misinformation or disinformation?

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I believe in the age of social-media all " truths" can be distorted so we must fact-check and question what is truth? I cannot say how exactly social media has impacted the campaign however it can be used as ammunition to further exacerbate or substantiate anyone problematic claims because they saw it on social media. 

Aaliyah Channer
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Eduardo Scheuren
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I believe Brexit will harm both the UK and the EU from economic and social viewpoints. Some damage is already visible in today’s political sphere. Indeed, we are living in a post-truth society characterized by populism.  In my opinion, this, among the many reasons, is due to the increasingly frequent use of social networks, where everyone can express and share its ideas even if they are not well-informed. In addition, some politicians use social networks as an instrument to persuade those...

Luca de'Castiglioni
by Luca de'Castiglioni
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Luca de'Castiglioni

The proliferation of unsubstantiated claims and misinformation stemming from Brexit is no surprise. Many people will skew the truth in order to get their point across so that they can achieve the political goals that they would like to see to fruition. While some people may believe that we live in a post-truth society, I think misinformation has been part of the human culture for centuries. In the past in America, yellow journalism and smear campaigns were rampant during elections. They...

Jay Shin
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Jay Shin

Marx once wrote that religion was the opiate of the masses. It distracted from their painful realities and gave them immediate relief but that relief was just an illusion. Nowadays people use social media in the same method. Disgruntled and disillusioned people use social media to let out their fears, their anxieties, their anger for temporary reprieve. The issue of Brexit let millions of, frankly, uneducated and unsubstantiated opinions to proliferate through social media. Fake news and...

Bryan Chen
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Bryan Chen

Prior to the vote to leave the European Union, many implications were made by both sides about what would happen post-Brexit. Although both sides stated their many ideas about what would occur post-Brexit, many of the claims made were not true. This leaves the public thinking whether or not any news source they trust is actually trustworthy. In reality, a majority of the implications made about post-Brexit Britain were educated guesses and interpretations made by people in positions of...

Miguel Huertas
by Miguel Huertas
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Miguel Huertas

The reality with referendums are that people rely on campaigns and media for the information on Brexit. According to BMG Research for the Electoral Reform Society, “only 22% in their penultimate survey thought they understood what they were voting on “well or very well” (The Guardian). They further report that 34% of voters got their information from BBC, 20% from newspapers, 18% from family members, and 16% from social media. In addition, more of the younger generation based their...

Ji Eun Hong
by Ji Eun Hong
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Ji Eun Hong

The rise of consumerism culture in media has definitely contributed to the way in which we absorb news. Furthermore, our fast world has created short attention spans, where people are constantly searching for bold captivating headlines that not only grasp their attention, but provide the most amount of information in the shortest amount of time. While society and the media contributes to the lack of truth in news sources the problem also sits with the exclusivity of academic information. As...

Tatiana Harris
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Tatiana Harris

Social Media has long overtaken traditional news sources as the main source of information. This comes as no surprise as our time is increasingly consumed by social media platforms who are constantly evolving their capabilities. In 2017, Pew Research Center published the shocking statistic revealing that 45% of Americans get their news from Facebook. With social media platforms inadvertently becoming the dominant source of news and information in this age, companies are forced to address the...

Rachel Tong
by Rachel Tong
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Rachel Tong

Britain receives a net economic benefit from the EU. Leaving the EU, especially with a "soft Brexit" will leave Britain subject to some EU laws without a voice in making them. Leaving the EU will economically damage Britain. These are facts. Every ounce of empirical evidence suggests that Britain will be politically and economically weaker when it leaves the EU. That's the whole point of the EU: being stronger together. Countries that aren't in are worse off. During the entire Brexit...

Whitney Dankworth
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