• Musings

    The truth of post-truth

    Post-Truth Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief Each year, the Oxford English Dictionary, publishes its ‘word of the year’. This is a word that has “become prominent or notable during that [year].”1 This year that word is ‘post-truth’. Never-mind the irony that a dictionary – bastion of promoting the true meaning of words – is publishing the word; we have to take on board the sentiment that as a society we are ‘post-truth’. But what does that mean? Error happened.