The RavenCast: Alternative Facts and Mimetic Truth

In this episode of the RavenCast, Suzanne Ross and Adam Ericksen discuss the first week of Donald Trump’s presidency. A scandal brewed early in the week concerning the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration. Spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway said the Trump team used “alternative facts” when claiming that the crowd at the inauguration was bigger than the media claimed.

So, what is an “alternative fact”? How does mimetic theory help us to determine the truth about these facts and the truth about ourselves? Join Suzanne and Adam as they discuss this topic. We’d love to know what you think in the comment section below!

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4 replies
  1. Mary Fulton
    Mary Fulton says:

    Thanks Adam and Suzanne for another very helpful conversation. I’m counting on the two of you to keep me sane for the foreseeable future.

  2. Josh V
    Josh V says:

    I appreciated the piece of conversation about giving Conway the benefit of the doubt in that particular instance. It was refreshing and and I feel it helped me overcome the “stumbling blocks” of this latest scandal.

    • Adam Ericksen
      Adam Ericksen says:

      Hi Josh! Thanks for the comment. I do think giving the benefit fo the doubt and assuming the good intent of the other are important steps in moving forward. That of course doesn’t mean that we can’t disagree on policies, but personal attacks makes it more difficult to move forward. A stumbling block, indeed!


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