At our best, librarians are the medics of information warfare, rescuing and sustaining the truth without regard for ideological loyalty. Given the political polarization of the current information climate, how are we answering that call? Part ethnography, part media critique, and part confessional tale, this chapter reflects on information ethics in the context of the contemporary information environment through an examination of the QAnon Storm conspiracy phenomenon. The composition features three interwoven strands presenting three levels of analysis: an interpretive ethnography of the conspiracy, a critical discourse analysis and critique of contemporary news media, and a confessional tale reflecting on the allure of conspiracies, intellectual taboos, cognitive biases, epistemic choice-making, intellectual humility, and the elusiveness of truth.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Libraries Promoting Reflective Dialogue in a Time of Political Polarization|
|Place of Publication||Chicago, IL|
|Publisher||Association of College and Research Libraries|
|State||Published - 2019|
|Event||"We have a problem with political diversity": Discourse on the margins of scholarly communities - Penn State University, State College, United States|
Duration: Oct 25 2018 → …
|Other||"We have a problem with political diversity"|
|Period||10/25/18 → …|
Hartman-Caverly, S. (2019). TRUTH Always Wins: Dispatches from the Information War. In Libraries Promoting Reflective Dialogue in a Time of Political Polarization (pp. 187-233). Association of College and Research Libraries.