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What is Post-Truth?

What is post-truth for you? Post-truth selected the word of the year 2016 by the Oxford Dictionary.

Post-truth is an adjective that is defined as the situation where the objective and immutable facts are less effective than feelings and personal opinions in determining public opinion on a particular issue.

Post-truth is a philosophical and political concept for “the disappearance of shared objective standards for truth” and the “circuitous slippage between facts or alternative facts, knowledge, opinion, belief, and truth”.

So Why was Post-Truth Chosen Word of the Year?

The word post-truth is first used during the Brexit referendum. The increase in usage starts during the US presidential election in 2016 and is causing a boom in the USA. The most commonly used forms are “post-truth, politics” and “post-factual politics”. What we call “post-truth politics” is, in short, a period in which truths, facts and facts lose their importance.

 

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With the events I mentioned in 2016, post-truth has ceased to be a technical term and phenomenon and has been used as a current in the media.

History of Post-truth

The post prefix in the word post-truth is used not to mean “what happens after an event or the event”, contrary to its general usage, but to “belong to a time when the concept it comes before is considered unimportant or unnecessary”.

So, when we say “post-truth politics”, we are talking about “a period / time when truths, facts and facts lose their importance”.

Post-truth is mentioned for the first time in an article written in 1992 by American playwright Steve Tesich in The Nation magazine. In the periods before this writing, post-truth has been used in its literal sense, and it has generally been used to mean “after the truth is understood and the truth is revealed”.

Post-truth became widespread with writer Ralph Keyes’ “The Post-Truth Era” published in 2004. With this book, the term “post-truth” has exploded.

Besides, some people regard Friedrich Nietzsche as one of the pioneers for the concept of post-truth. Nietzsche argues that “people created the concepts by which they define good and justice, thus replacing the concept of truth with the concept of the value and basing reality on human will and will.” In his 1873 essay Truth and Lying in an Extra-Moral Sense, he argues that people create the truth about the world using metaphors, myths, and poetry.

There are many thinkers, writers and philosophers who talk about the concept of post-truth in world history. In addition, various theories for post-truth have been signed in the past.

In summary, the concept of Post-Truth is now new realities that have been imposed on us in almost every aspect of our lives, since every individual with access to the Internet has become a content producer.

 

 

Thank you for reading my article so far, I hope it has been useful.

Orhan Yağızer Çınar

 

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