I have mentioned this before, but it’s a point worth repeating every now and again. [Any particular reason this time? – Ed] Oh, one or two… From Kenan Malik in the Guardian
Media that care more about spectacle than clarity only encourage the culture of bullshit.
We live in an age obsessed by fake news and politicians’ lies. These are issues important to tackle. We should not ignore, however, the more insidious culture of bullshit.
A liar, observed Frankfurt, knows what the truth is and wants to conceal it. To that extent, he is “respectful of it”. A bullshitter, on the other hand, does not care what is true or false. That’s why, Frankfurt suggested, bullshitting, even more than lying, is what is truly corrosive of politics, of society and of truth.
[Media includes blogs, right? – Ed] Indeed.