Assessing Evidence in a Postmodern World

Assessing Evidence in a Postmodern World



In contemporary society, the nature of reality is continually challenged and each day there are new examples illustrating that perception has become reality. This book collection considers how researchers might evaluate evidence when truth claims can no longer be made. The authors address issues of perception, evidence, reality and postmodernism from a variety of different backgrounds including history, ethics, cultural studies, law and social science.



Publication Date



Marquette University Press


Milwaukee, WI




Table of Contents

Introduction / Bonnie Brennen Chapter

1: History, Journalism, and the Problem of Truth / John Nerone

Chapter 2: Why Journalism Has Always Pushed Perception Alongside Reality / Barbie Zelizer

Chapter 3: The Indecisive Moment: Snapshot Aesthetics as Journalistic Truth / Andrew L. Mendelson

Chapter 4: “It’s Just a Joke”Humor and Social Identity in Forwarded E-mail Images of Obama / Margaret Duffy, Janis Page and Rachel Young

Chapter 5: Mis/reading Obama: Evidence, the Internet and the Battle Over Citizenship / Tom Nakayama

Chapter 6: Less Falseness as Antidote to the Anxieties of Postmodernism / Linda Steiner

Chapter 7: Networked News Work / Jane Singer

Chapter 8: Does the Modern Trial Lack Credibility in a Postmodern World? / Daniel Blinka

Chapter 9: Promises and Challenges of Teaching Statistical Reasoning to Journalism Undergraduates: Twin Surveys of Department Heads, 1997 and 2008 / Robert J. Griffin and Sharon Dunwoody

Chapter 10: Media Insurgents in the Network Society: Breitbart, O’Keefe, and Mass Self-communication / Frank Durham

Chapter 11: Roundtable: Assessing Evidence in a Postmodern World

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