Hermeneutics in the Post-Truth Era: A Study of Media Discourse Rhetoric Rubén Arriazu Muñoz

Hermeneutic methodology is an analytical and dialectical approach essential to the development of critical thinking. In the "post-truth" era, traditional textual interpretation has given way to more complex interpretative instances in which audio-visual content is the basis of new narratives and new knowledge. Qualitative methodological research has always claimed socio-historical and temporal prominence in the analysis of social phenomena. Accepting this premise, hermeneutics is presented as a plausible methodological research strategy on representations of social fact. Specifically, the aim of this research is to show the potential of hermeneutic analysis by examining two opposing versions of the terrorist attack that took place at the headquarters of the satirical weekly magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in 2015. The researcher deploys the hermeneutics of suspicion to arrive at the conclusion that the Internet has become a catalyst for multiple truths, in the post-truth era. The Internet is a channel for the exuberant effusion of critical thinking andexposition. It is a space of resistance, where people can question the mainstream media's narratives and the Davos elite's interpretations.

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Hermeneutic methodology is an analytical and dialectical approach essential to the development of critical thinking. In the "post-truth" era, traditional textual interpretation has given way to more complex interpretative instances in which audio-visual content is the basis of new narratives and new knowledge. Qualitative methodological research has always claimed socio-historical and temporal prominence in the analysis of social phenomena. Accepting this premise, hermeneutics is presented as a plausible methodological research strategy on representations of social fact. Specifically, the aim of this research is to show the potential of hermeneutic analysis by examining two opposing versions of the terrorist attack that took place at the headquarters of the satirical weekly magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in 2015. The researcher deploys the hermeneutics of suspicion to arrive at the conclusion that the Internet has become a catalyst for multiple truths, in the post-truth era. The Internet is a channel for the exuberant effusion of critical thinking andexposition. It is a space of resistance, where people can question the mainstream media's narratives and the Davos elite's interpretations.

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