The Post-truth Era

Oxford Dictionaries has designated “post-truth” as its Word of the Year, defining it as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Commentators examine the causes of post-truth politics.


One response to “The Post-truth Era

  1. That strikes me as a wishy-washy definition. It has always been true that appeals to emotions and personal beliefs have shaped political choices more than simply recitation of facts. Example – Sir John A Macdonald’s (successful) 1891 campaign slogan, ‘The Auld Chieftan’. I suppose the fact that he was old was a fact, but … that is not the appeal.

    The difference in the Trump era, what makes it ‘post’ truth, is that emotions and beliefs are used to decide what the facts are, whatever the traditional rules of journalism, analysis, evidence, statistics etc might say. And that people who are making such judgments often know and do not care that they are doing this.