We invite to another Speech Karaoke Klub Nite. After the celebration of subjectivity in the Manifesto night we turn our focus to the facts, or what we believe the facts are. Although it is not a new term, it has been dominant in most of the political discussions of today: Fake News. Many associate the term with Trump, who –in his own style of self-aggrandizement – claims to have invented the term, but there are perhaps some deeper, more sinister forces at work here.
”Fake news” can be interpreted in (at least) two different ways. For some, fake news are texts disguised as news usually found on fake news sites. For others (like the president of the US), fake news are journalistic content produced by journalists for established news outlets. So, how do we even know what we are talking about when we are talking about fake news? Does the post-truth discourse contain anything else besides alternative facts and real lies?
All governments lie, they say. Telling white lies and leaving out facts have been ways in which politicians have walked the walk and talked the talk for ages. Catching a politician or a power broker outright lying is not unheard of, either. For this Speech Karaoke Club, we have gathered speeches that have either turned out to be or are obviously lies. The list includes contemporary speeches by Donald Trump and Juha Sipilä, with legendary takes on truth by the likes of Bill Clinton and Jari isometsä.
Between rounds of speeches we will be entertained by Dj Nosfe. The Club is free of charge.