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Invited by Google Europe to attend a brainstorming session in Paris on the decline of truth, the rise of fake news, and ways to counter both, I began my presentation by placing the problem in historical context.Second, a Nietzschean "perspectivism" turned truth into a "point of view" and judged to be "true" that point of view that makes a being stronger, and "false" that which saddens or diminishes him.By historicizing the "will to truth" (Michel Foucault), putting truth "in quotation marks" (Jacques Derrida), separating the sign from its referent (Louis Althusser), and miring the obvious in a miasma of charts and graphs (Claude Levi-Strauss) or tying it up in Borromean knots (Jacques Lacan), they probably caused us to lose contact with the simple, robust and irrefutable aspects of the truth.This spectacle promptly gave way, minus Hellenic elegance, to the perversity of a new generation of Sophists holding that truth is a wavering shadow, that man is the measure of all things, and that the truth of each is precisely equal to that of his neighbor.Denizens of the web would propose a document, video or other work whose power of truth or satire could neutralize the most harmful fake news, with the winner funded to produce the proposed work.
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