Nathan Bomey is a business reporter for USA Today and the author of "Detroit Resurrected: To Bankruptcy and Back." Previously, Bomey was a reporter for the Detroit Free Press, a business reporter for publications in Ann Arbor, and a reporter for his hometown newspaper in Saline, MI.
In this episode, we are applying our doubts and critical thinking toward the myth of “alternative facts” and other lies and fictions of our day that has infected our democracy, ushered in a post-fact era and the digital misinformation age, and helped propel Donald Trump into the White House. My guest for this episode, Nathan Bomey, the author of a new book titled After the Fact: The Erosion of Truth and the Inevitable Rise of Donald Trump. Nathan Bomey is an award-winning business reporter for USA Today, and previously a reporter for the Detroit Free Press. In this discussion, Nathan Bomey and I discuss the decline of the journalism industry and how its pivot toward sensationalism and partisanship has negatively impacted the public’s perception of truth and helped facilitate the rise of Trump. We also talk about the rise of social media and the ways in which the technological revolution in personal interaction might have contributed to a rise in tribalism and a decline both in empathy for others and in concern for truth and accuracy. We also talk about how social media has been and potentially can be used as a tool by people in power to bypass or circumvent the accountability of journalistic scrutiny, and why the threat of viral misinformation is a new crisis comparable to the Cold War race between the U.S. and Russia that should drive us as a society overcome partisanship to place a new emphasis in education on teaching critical thinking. Finally, we discuss ways in which we can each individually alter how we talk to each other in order to help disparate groups break through barriers and restore trust. Doubter of the Week: Charles Mackay (1814-1889): Scottish poet and journalist, author of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. Links: Nathan Bomey’s website: http://nathanbomey.com/ Nathan Bomey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NathanBomey Nathan Bomey’s book “After the Fact”: http://nathanbomey.com/after-the-fact David Weigel, “House Science Committee Chairman: Americans Should Get News from Trump, Not Media,” Washington Post, January 25, 2017, https://tinyurl.com/y7dha3ct. Consider supporting me Patreon if you enjoy the show: http://www.patreon.com/aleapofdoubt. Thanks to Jeff Prebeg, Jeanne Ikerd, Torsten Pihl, Chris Watson, and Kim Bojkovsky for being my patrons! Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TheNatheist. The opening clip is an excerpt from the audiobook “God is Not Great” by Christopher Hitchens, courtesy of Hachette Audio. Text Copyright 2007 by Christopher Hitchens. Audio production copyright 2007, Hachette Audio. Used with permission. The opening and ending music is “Jade” by Esther Nicholson and is used under license. The editing was done by Rich Lyons of the “Living After Faith” podcast. Check out our website: https://reasonrevolution.org. Give us a like on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reasonrevolution.
On the show recorded on July 18, 2018: It’s the fifth anniversary of the city of Detroit declaring bankruptcy, so we have a special episode. Nathan Bomey, author of "Detroit Resurrected," a book on Detroit's bankruptcy, reflects on the events five years later and looks to the future. Lisa Ludwinski from Sister Pie joins us to talk about her new book and her West Village store that's beloved all over the country.  And in news, the building that houses Busy Bee in Eastern Market will see a new chapter. John Beilein gets a new contract from the University of Michigan. Cantina Diablos is changing concepts in Royal Oak, and Open Streets Detroit is in Rouge Park in Detroit this weekend.
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Location
Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States of America
Episode Count
13
Podcast Count
8
Total Airtime
3 hours, 41 minutes