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Alternative facts are not really facts

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 30 January 2017



Alternative facts are not really facts
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 199
Posted DateMonday 30 January 2017 12:35 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

I am sure most of you by now will have heard the phrase alternative facts. This is what Wikipedia says if you are not familiar with the term.

"Alternative facts is a phrase used by Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway during a Meet the Press interview, in which she defended White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's false statements about the attendance at Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the United States."

You can see the interview here. It has of course caused quite an uproar and a lot of laughter.

But it is a serious issue as this TEDx talk by Sharyl Attkisson makes plain in explaining how fake grassroots movements funded by political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively manipulate and distort media messages.

It has always been the case but these days we need to be extra vigilant especially when republishing material through social media!

And take a look at this parody of the Kellyanne Conway interview if you want to really laugh - especially if you are a lover of the Cats Musical!

Alternative facts are not really facts. They are just facts you made up. Facts are facts!

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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