Kris Fallon Publishes Where Truth Lies

22 Sep, 2019

Kris Fallon Publishes Where Truth Lies

Alum Kris Fallon has published Where Truth Lies: Digital Culture and Documentary Media After 9/11 with the University of California Press! The book will be available this October and will also be available to read Open Access via the TOME Open Access Monograph Fund. The publication was supported by the Ahmanson Foundation Endowment Fund in the Humanities.

This boldly original book traces the evolution of documentary film and photography as they migrated onto digital platforms during the first decades of the twenty-first century. Kris Fallon examines the emergence of several key media forms—social networking and crowdsourcing, video games and virtual environments, big data and data visualization—and demonstrates the formative influence of political conflict and the documentary film tradition on their evolution and cultural integration. Focusing on particular moments of political rupture, Fallon argues that the ideological rifts of the period inspired the adoption and adaptation of newly available technologies to encourage social mobilization and political action, a function performed for much of the previous century by independent documentary film. Positioning documentary film and digital media side by side in the political sphere, Fallon asserts that “truth” now lies in a new set of media forms and discursive practices that implicitly shape the documentation of everything from widespread cultural spectacles like wars and presidential elections to more invisible or isolated phenomena like the Abu Ghraib torture scandal or the “fake news” debates of 2016.

Kris Fallon is Assistant Professor of Cinema and Digital Media at the University of California, Davis. His research explores nonfiction photography, film, and digital media and has appeared in journals such as Screen and Film Quarterly as well as key anthologies and emergent forums across the field, including Documentary across Disciplines and Docalogue.