Really Fake

Authors:

Alexandra Juhasz, Ganaele Langlois, and Nishant Shah

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More important than flagging things “really fake” is to understand why they are dismissed as fake


Really Fake takes up story, poetry, and other human logics of care, intelligence, and dignity to explore sociotechnological and politico-aesthetic emergences in a world where information overload has become a new ontology of not-knowing.

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The new truth is the one that circulates: digital truth emerges from lists, databases, archives, and conditions of storage. Multiple truths may be activated through search, link, and retrieve queries. Alexandra Juhasz, Ganaele Langlois, and Nishant Shah respond by taking up story, poetry, and other human logics of care, intelligence, and dignity to explore sociotechnological and politico-aesthetic emergences in a world where information overload has become a new ontology of not-knowing. Their feminist digital methods allow considerations of internet things through alternative networked internet time: slowing down to see, honor, and engage with our past; invoking indeterminacy as a human capacity that lets multiple truths commingle on a page or in a body; and saving the truths of ourselves and our others differently from the corporate internet’s perpetual viral movement.



Writing across their own shared truisms, actors, and touchstones, the authors propose creative tactics, theoretical overtures, and experimental escape routes built to a human scale as ways to regain our capacities to know and tell truths about ourselves.




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Alexandra Juhasz is distinguished professor of film at Brooklyn College, the City University of New York.



Ganaele Langlois is associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at York University, Canada.



Nishant Shah is vice president of research and acting director of research development of the Graduate School at the ArtEZ University of the Arts, The Netherlands.

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