We’re thrilled to be conducting a radio media tour for an incredibly timely book, I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up by leading public relations executive James Hoggan (May 24, 2016, New Society Publishers).
Public discourse on some of the most pressing problems facing society has never been more fractured. From climate change and income inequality to gun control and immigration, debate has become a toxic mix of intolerance, misinformation and deliberate distortion on both sides of the political spectrum. We are more polarized than ever on many of the issues, and the prospect of resolving them seems bleak.
For example, the poisonous rhetoric from our presidential candidates and their surrogates is a symptom of how bad the situation has become. On many issues there is simply no real debate, just vicious personal attacks designed to reinforce dogma rather than win support through persuasive logic.
How we got here and how we get out of the mess is the focus of the new book. “I wanted to find out how misinformation campaigns work, how we have come to a time when facts don’t matter and how we can start having real public conversations again,” Hoggan explains. “So I began to explore how these tendencies arise, what spurs us to become close-minded, aggressively vitriolic and most importantly, what we can do about it.”
Jim’s a fascinating man. The Tyee recently described him thusly, “James Hoggan has been navigating the perilous waters of public conversation for 25 years as a public relations specialist. He’s built serious credibility not by being the spinniest guy in the room, but by daring to call bull on the clever but misleading techniques of many of his peers. A longtime sustainability advocate, Hoggan blew the whistle on the climate change denial lobby with his book Climate Cover-up, and launched DeSmog Blog with the stated aim of “clearing the PR pollution that clouds climate science.”
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