REVIEW: Exposing reality about the mythic ‘age of truth’

Review of Myth of ‘Free Media’ and Fake News, and Mindful Communication for sustainable Development, by Kalinga Seneviratne

Keywords: coronavirus, covid-19, balance, disinformation, fairness, fake news, mindful journalism, New Zealand, post-truth, reviews, truth

Abstract

Myth of ‘Free Media’ and Fake News in the Post-truth Era, by Kalinga Seneviratne. New Delhi, India: Sage. 2020, 348 pages. ISBN 9789353881276

Mindful Communication for Sustainable Development: Perspectives from Asia, edited by Kalinga Seneviratne. New Delhi, India: Sage: 2018, 353 pages. ISBN 9789352805518

POST-TRUTH? Was there ever really such a thing as the Golden Age of Truth as trumpeted by the liberal Western press? According to Kalinga Seneviratne in his latest challenging book, quite simply ‘no’. In some countries, such as New Zealand, fake news and the manipulation of half-truths and disinformation has been dismissed as a by-product of the Trump era in the White House and the Brexit debacle.

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Author Biography

David Robie, Pacific Media Centre - AUT

Editor of Pacific Journalism Review and Professor of Communication Studies and Journalism

School of Communication Studies

Auckland University of Technology

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‘I feel powerful’: Trump on campaign trail after COVID ‘recovery’. (2020, October 13). Al Jazeera English. Retrieved from https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/10/13/i-feel-so-powerful-trump-back-on-campaign-tour
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Published
30-11-2020
How to Cite
RobieD. (2020). REVIEW: Exposing reality about the mythic ‘age of truth’: Review of Myth of ‘Free Media’ and Fake News, and Mindful Communication for sustainable Development, by Kalinga Seneviratne. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 26(2), 295-297. https://doi.org/10.24135/pjr.v26i2.1148