Two articles on the topic of whether we are in a “post-truth” society — the first is Tom McCaffrey writing at Family Security Matters:
The Morality of Corruption
“We are going to have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to,” said President Obama recently in Pittsburgh. “There has to be, I think, some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests and those that we have to discard, because they just don’t have any basis in anything that’s actually happening in the world,” he continued. “The answer is obviously not censorship, but it’s creating places where people can say ‘this is reliable’ and I’m still able to argue safely about facts and what we should do about it.”
This is vintage Obama in its dishonesty. If we call it “curating,” suggests Mr. Obama, then it is not censorship.
But it is dishonest in a way that has characterized Mr. Obama’s utterances since the first days of his presidency. It is dishonesty that no honest, halfway intelligent person would be fooled by. It is so transparent as to be almost childish. But it is not intended to persuade the honest, intelligent person. Mr. Obama is the first president who was able to dispense with appealing to the honest, intelligent American.
Read more: Family Security Matters
Here is D.C. McAllister writing at The Federalist:
The Left Decries Our ‘Post-Truth’ Society While Pushing The Ideas That Fuel It
Suddenly, people who hold to philosophies that actually undermine and reject objective truth are deeply concerned about emotions dictating facts.
Oxford Dictionaries has picked “post-truth” as its word of the year, citing that “a year dominated by highly-charged political and social discourse” was the driving force that increased the word’s use by 2,000 percent.
It defines post-truth as “relating or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” This word, publishers say, has “become ‘overwhelmingly’ associated with politics.”
“Fuelled by the rise of social media as a news source and a growing distrust of facts offered up by the establishment, ‘post-truth’ as a concept has been finding its linguistic footing for some time,” said Casper Grathwohl, president of Oxford Dictionaries. “We first saw the frequency really spike this year in June with buzz over the Brexit vote and again in July when Donald Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination.”
Read more: The Federalist
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