People Power: The Work of Public Sentiment
Pollsters are wringing their hands because their predictions of the 2020 US election outcomes were so far off the mark—just as they did in the aftermath of the election of 2016. The landslides for the left did not materialize in 2020, and the polls in their hundreds misjudged the extent of support for conservative candidates and conservative ideas. Now, we are trying to understand the sentiment that worked up individuals enough to create a mob that rushed the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
In her presentation, UT Philosophy Professor Mariam Thalos will take up questions of how to conceptualize, and subsequently to measure, public sentiment. Is there such a thing as public opinion, or something worthy of the name, that stands still long enough to be susceptible of measurement? And if there is, what does it matter that we actually take its measure?
This presentation is part of the College Conversations: Allyship and Antiracism series, hosted by the UT College of Arts and Sciences.
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Thursday, April 29 at 5:30pm to 6:30pmVirtual Event