The Hyperreal Nature of the Trump Administration's Post-Truth Rhetoric

Title

The Hyperreal Nature of the Trump Administration's Post-Truth Rhetoric

Authors

Presenter(s)

Alexander Vincent Sharp

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Description

Recently political rhetoric has entered an era that many scholars refer to as the "post-truth era." This is defined as a state in which the truth no longer has any bearing on discourse. Although many scholars identify post-truth as a purely 21st century phenomenon, I use the scholarship of Jean Baudrillard as a lens to interpret the post-truth rhetoric of the Trump administration. Baudrillard's prescient work is particularly instructive when analyzing post-truth rhetoric because he correctly identified many of the causes and effects of the post-truth era. First, I identify the parallels between modern post-truth studies and Baudrillard's work on simulation. Next, I use the scholarship of Baudrillard to determine the rhetorical goals of the Trump administration and analyze how these goals have changed over time. It is only with a clear understanding of how post-truth rhetoric functions that it can be effectively countered.

Publication Date

4-22-2020

Project Designation

Graduate Research

Primary Advisor

Margaret M. Strain

Primary Advisor's Department

English

Keywords

Stander Symposium Posters, College of Arts and Sciences

The Hyperreal Nature of the Trump Administration's Post-Truth Rhetoric

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