The blog post was titled No Such Thing as Fiction: Blurring the Lines Between Fact and Fiction.
The important phrase is in big letters and in bright blue below because I think it clearly states the dilemma of the left:
“On November 16, 2016 Oxford Dictionaries announced that “post-truth” had been selected as the word which, more than any other, reflects “the passing year in language.” It defines “post-truth” as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief,” reads an article on Newsweek titled, “The Truth About Post-Truth Politics.”
An article on Forbes titled, “The Post-Truth World – Why Have We Had Enough Of Experts?” reads: “We are living in a post-truth world, where alternative facts and fake news compete on an equal footing with peer-reviewed research and formerly-authoritative sources.”
The Wallstreet Journal, New York Times, Atlantic, they all use this phrase, post-truth era. In media, philosophy, and social media we see people talking about fake news, alternative facts, and the decimation of truth in our society.
When did this stuff start becoming acceptable? Since when did people stop looking for the truth and start accepting whatever they wanted? It’s nothing short of a conscious choice to discard what we don’t like and take what we do, regardless of reality.
There’s a lot here.
When did people start constructing their own realities, separate from what they’re told by experts and authorities? I think as a society, skepticism has been with us a long time.
It’s particularly strong now, when scientific and journalistic fakery have become commonplace. We have been told that so many foods were terrible for us, only later to find out that well, maybe the science wasn’t so clear. NBC put pyrotechnics on a truck to illustrate a story on exploding fuel tanks. Dan Rather’s exposes blew up in his face when the most logical source for documents supposed to be from 1973 was in fact Microsoft Word 2004.
The internet has allowed regular people to see the raw footage of news (and not so newsy) events and judge for ourselves. CNN tells us Trump is a lout for feeding fish by dumping a container of food, when a close look at the raw video shows something different.
I would trust others to build my reality, only if they had a good track record of doing so. Oh, and I’m not anti-elite. I just figure the elites are not my friend. Instead, I’ll keep my version of the truth:
The guy on the couch on the morning news is maybe not very nice, certainly not your friend. The scientist whose career is based around Global Climate Change is not going to report that things are not getting any warmer. They’re certainly not going to tell how much they DON’T know about the global climate.
I remaine free.