He writes, "Words do not fail us, we fail words" (Stein, 2000a) by employing them in ways that are inaccurately precise, inappropriately categorical, fallaciously objective, and as Stephen Colbert might have said, truthy
rather than truthful (Narvaez, 2010).
Keeping things truthy
is a big part of your mission, as expressed on that long-ago opening night: "Anyone can read the news TO you.
We also plan to use Truthy
to detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution," its information page reads.
Tablet's own Rachel Shukert mocked The Triple Package as "a slickly packaged treatise, which I'm sure has all kinds of truthy
anecdotal big-idea evidence but nonetheless still carries the eerie aura of a eugenics textbook from the early part of the 20th century on how some ethnic groupsChinese, the Nigerians, the Cubans, the Mormons, and wait for it the Jewsseem to find success more easily than others.
And Indiana University's research group Truthy
observed the use of this electoral weapon during the US congressional elections in 2010.
The researchers (and anyone who goes to the Truthy
site) can also search for a particular phrase or tweets sent by, sent to or sent about a particular tweeter, as indicated by the @ that appears as part of an account's username, as in @BarackObama.
I'm picking a fight with Stephen Colbert and truthy
In the end, though, it may not be truthy
enough for even the most forgiving reader.
The team behind Truthy
plans to use the tool to isolate patterns of interest and to obtain more information about a particular meme's history.
I've learned a lot from Pete, but mostly from his amazing inventory of truthy
Truthiness feel truthy
because it is familiar and easy to accept.
If the tale is untrue, it's truthy
, as anyone who has run a marathon can attest.