Speculative fiction as a tool for confronting the post-truth discourse
It has become an increasingly common suggestion that we are currently living in a ‘post-truth’ world, where
compelling storytelling has usurped the place of empirical facts in determining our shared social reality. The impression of
reality becoming endlessly mutable by storytelling is bolstered by the idea of narratives as mediators of human experience,
developed across humanities and social sciences, becoming part of a popularized post-truth discourse. In this discourse, stories
are viewed as tools for constructing the world, and attributed power to create their own truths. I argue that the challenge for
meaningful communication posed by this sentiment can be uniquely and effectively confronted in speculative storytelling, and
especially currently enormously popular fantasy fiction. By creating thought experiments in conspicuously fabricated settings,
fantasy stories highlight storytelling as a means for coming to terms with different realities – and provide their audiences with
tools for critically examining and challenging the post-truth discourse.
- Post-truth discourse as a challenge for fiction
- Storytelling in isolation: Bypassing the post-truth
- Fabricated history: Illuminating the post-truth
- Engaged imagination: Challenging the post-truth
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