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[book cover] Speaking Power to Truth

Edited by Michael Keren and Richard Hawkins

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November 2015

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Cultural Dialectics




About the Book

Online discourse has created a new media environment for contributions to public life, one that challenges the social significance of the role of public intellectuals—intellectuals who, whether by choice or by circumstance, offer commentary on issues of the day. The value of such commentary is rooted in the assumption that, by virtue of their training and experience, intellectuals possess knowledge—that they understand what constitutes knowledge with respect to a particular topic, are able to distinguish it from mere opinion, and are in a position to define its relevance in different contexts. When intellectuals comment on matters of public concern, they are accordingly presumed to speak truth, whether they are writing books or op-ed columns or appearing as guests on radio and television news programs. At the same time, with increasing frequency, discourse on public life is taking place online. This new digital environment is characterized by abundance—an abundance of speakers, discussion, and access. But has this abundance of discourse—this democratization of knowledge, as some describe it—brought with it a corresponding increase in truth?

Casting doubt on the assertion that online discourse, with its proliferation of voices, will somehow yield collective wisdom, Speaking Power to Truth raises concerns that this wealth of digitally enabled commentary is, in fact, too often bereft of the hallmarks of intellectual discourse: an epistemological framework and the provision of evidence to substantiate claims. Instead, the pursuit of truth finds itself in competition with the quest for public reputation, access to influence, and enhanced visibility. But as knowledge is drawn into the orbit of power, and as the line between knowledge and opinion is blurred, what role will the public intellectual play in the promotion and nurturing of democratic processes and goals? In exploring the implications of the digital transition, the contributors to Speaking Power to Truth provide both empirical evidence of, and philosophical reflection on, the current and future role of the public intellectual in a technologically mediated public sphere.


About the Editors

Michael Keren is a professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Political Science and the Department of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary. He is the author of many books on public intellectuals, political communication, and political literature, including Blogosphere: The New Political Arena and The Citizen’s Voice: Twentieth-Century Politics and Literature.

Richard Hawkins is professor in the Science, Technology and Society Program at the University of Calgary, senior fellow at the Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS), and a fellow of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa. He has served as policy consultant for such clients as the World Bank and Industry Canada and has authored more than a hundred scientific publications and technical reports on science, technology, and industry policy.



Barry Cooper, Jacob Foster, Karim-Ally Kassam, Boaz Miller, Liz Pirnie, and Eleanor Townsley.



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DownloadIntroduction: New Challenges to Knowledge in the Public Sphere
Richard Hawkins and Michael Keren


Download1. Establishing the Public Legitimacy and Value of Scientific Knowledge in an Information Ether
Richard Hawkins

Download2. Public Intellectuals, Media Intellectuals, and Academic Intellectuals: Comparing the Space of Opinion in Canada and the United States
Eleanor Townsley

Download3. The Eye of the Swarm: Collective Intelligence and the Public Intellectual
Jacob G. Foster

Download4. Creating the Conditions for an Intellectually Active People: What Today’s Public Intellectual Can Learn from Anonymous
Liz Pirnie


Download5. “Trust Me—I’m a Public Intellectual”: Margaret Atwood’s and David Suzuki’s Social Epistemologies of Climate Science
Boaz Miller

Download6. Engendering a New Generation of Public Intellectuals: Speaking Truth to Power with Grace and Humility
Karim-Aly Kassam

Download7. Reflections on My Dubious Experience as a Public Intellectual
Barry Cooper

Download8. Intellectual Discourse Online
Michael Keren

DownloadList of Contributors