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Making a stand for truth in a 'post truth' era

Paying for good journalism and prayerfully discerning where teh truth lies are examples of how Christians can respond to the "post truth" age, wrties Anthea McCall

By Anthea McCall

May 11 2017"Would I lie to you? Would I lie to you, honey? Oh, no, no, no! Now, would I say something that wasn’t true?” So sang the Eurythmics, the famous British Pop duo back in 1985.

However it seems we are living in what is increasingly referred to as a post-truth age where people don’t object to “alternative facts” and “fake news”. The Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year for 2016 was post-truth, an adjective defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping personal opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”.

In tracing the word’s rise, Oxford points to the recent popularisation of the word “truthiness,” which refers to “the quality of seeming or being felt to be true, even if not necessarily true.” The term “post-truth” depends, in part, on the evolution of the meaning of the prefix “post”. It now means not simply “after,” but also refers to “a time in which the specified concept has become unimportant or irrelevant.” In other words, truth is not necessarily seen to be non-existent (something many associate with postmodernism), but rather something we no longer really care that much about.

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