Table Talk: The Post-Truth Era
The concepts of fact free society, post-truth politics and fake news have been buzzing around. Post-truth even has been elected word of the year in 2017 (the Collins Dictionary) and 2016 (Oxford Dictionaries). It is safe to say we have entered some sort of knowledge crisis. And while having a robust, fixed truth always feels alluring, it is getting harder to be sure of anything. Is our knowledge jeopardized? Is there still truth? Is everything a subjective, social construct? Or has truth just become very complex?
With a White House press secretary giving ‘alternative facts’, Pizzagate and Russian Facebooks ads, finding a way of coping is complex. What can you do in order to know that what you read is “true”? Can authorities of information and knowledge, as the press, government and academics, still lead the way? Or is the only way the insecure way?
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