[-empyre-] Welcome to June on -empyre: Fake News in a Global Climate

Anna Munster a.munster at unsw.edu.au
Fri Jun 9 06:28:28 AEST 2017

Hi Mark,
Suspect people are needed!

> I don't find that a reason to try to banish all irony, condemn the satirical, throw the Campbell's soup out with the Watergate.
> I find the troubling of these lines rather productive.
> Of course, I may be a very suspect person on this topic.
the regression back to accusations of postmodernism feels really misplaced right now, I think. IT’s as if the alt-righters AND positivists have been waiting to say: ‘see all you relativists, this is what your world has come to’!!

Ned Rossiter, media theorist of organise networks and logistics, has recently been referring to the current ‘post-truth’ scape as ‘neopositivist’. I think this is great formulation because it encapsulates the ways n which the current diagrams of power play on both the sides of truth and simulation and cast anyone as falling on one side or the other.

I think that’s why we need the possibility of producing alternative fakeries that actually shift the milieu. For me, this is what art practices might do…and I also find it useful to use the term - which has played around philosophical and  literary circles – fabulation.

This gets us out of the fake/real binary and asks: what else is imaginable?


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