Since When? Since Always!


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:

Speak Bold words:

“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 JournalNew York TimesAtlantic, 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.

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1 Response to Since When? Since Always!

  1. onwyrdsdream says:

    I’d argue that we’re post-“Truth” the word rather than post-truth the concept. For at least the last 20 years people have been trying to redefine the word truth to be a very subjective thing. For instance, most of the time someone is said to “speak truth to power” they’re speaking, but the “truth” part is at best subjective, at worth a pure partisan distortion, and “power” is only political or economic, not “is likely to kill you for speaking,” which is why “speak truth to power” was originally such a daring concept. Well, socialists are generally pretty aggressive about redefining language in the first place.

    In any case, neither side of the climate debate is truth, because our data set is too lacking. If the people who claim that XX and XY, 99.9% of the time determine a person’s sex aren’t trusted by the powers that be to be truth tellers, certainly neither can their opponents be, even though from the left’s perspective, they’re the side with truth. Their is a kind of expert called a ethicist, that isn’t particularly an expert at all on anything. Experts on psychology and sociology may have more insight than others into the motivations of men, but nothing they ever say can be considered a truth.

    It isn’t that we are any less responsive to truth than ever before. If anything, we’re more responsive. It’s just that there are a lot of things that individuals or groups would claim to be truth which are nothing but pure subjectivity. And that’s the truth. And isn’t.

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