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In the 21st century, we are witnessing another important shift in both power and knowledge due to factors that include the increased availability of public platforms afforded by social media.Knowledge is no longer centrally controlled and – as has been pointed out in the wake of Brexit – the age of the expert may be passing.

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It was well attended, and wasn’t just three days of speeches and You Tube clips (though, granted, there was a lot of this).

There was also a lot of team-building, networking, debating, workshops – and scientific experiments.

Despite early claims, from as far back as HG Wells’s essays in 1936, that a worldwide, shared resource of knowledge, such as the internet, would create peace, harmony and a common interpretation of reality, it appears that quite the opposite has happened.

With the increased voice afforded by social media to a wide range of views, knowledge has been increasingly decentralised, and competing narratives have emerged.

This relationship between power and knowledge has long been theorised by sociologists.

By exploring this relationship, we can begin to understand why there is a swelling resurgence of flat earthers.

At the time Foucault was writing on the topic, the control of power and knowledge had moved away from religious institutions, which previously had a very singular hold over knowledge and morality, and was instead beginning to move towards a network of scientific institutions, media monopolies, legal courts, and bureaucratised governments.

Foucault argued that these institutions work to maintain their claims to legitimacy by controlling knowledge.

The audience and the panel of flat earthers took exception to this, noting that “now we’ve got the internet and mass communication …

we’re not reliant on what the mainstream are telling us in newspapers, we can decide for ourselves”.

Indeed, as one presenter noted early on, flat earthers try to “look for multiple, verifiable evidence” and advised attendees to “always do your own research and accept you might be wrong”.

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