I saw this term being used by someone on twitter- of course it piqued my interest
When the leadership class repeatedly and forcefully claimed the experimental jab was going to end the pandemic this was an example of post truth. There was no evidence, ever, to support that claim. There was evidence to the contrary and still the authoritarian regimes tried to compel us into believing their false claims. Many did. Far too many, actually.
This article of from 3 years ago- before Covid cult and Trans ideology extremism had taken hold.
When we say post-truth, what do you think that means?
Lee McIntyre: “It’s easy to have a misconception about what post-truth means. And to say that we live in a post-truth era doesn’t mean that truth doesn’t matter anymore, or that no one cares about truth. It means that we live in an era where truth is at risk, where we’re in danger of losing sight of what truth means.
In my book, I define post-truth as the political subordination of reality.So I think of
post-truth as a tactic that's used by authoritarians and their wannabes to control the flow of information so that they can then control the populace.It’s intended not just to corrupt our belief in some specific thing that’s true, but really to undermine the idea that we can know truth outside of political context.”
What’s different now?
Lee McIntyre: “It’s a great question, because the roots of this have been around forever. Politicians have lied. There have been, you know, enormous lies, enormous political subordination of reality, if you will: the Holocaust, American slavery. I mean, you just go back in history. It’s always existed. What’s different now? And I think the reason that the Oxford Dictionary named ‘post-truth’ their word of the year in 2016, is that this seems new in the following sense.
“The extreme political partisanship, married to the social media, married to how quickly misinformation and disinformation can get out there, I think makes this sort of a unique challenge of our time. It’s sort of a pandemic, if you will, of disinformation and misinformation that is new. So maybe the … roots that I explore in the book ‘Post-Truth’ have been there for a long time. But we’re now facing something that I think is a unique threat. And it’s new, at least in the American experiment. Here we are.”
Has anyone else come across this theory? There are some claims around this theory that humans are somewhat prone or susceptible to being mislead by lies masquerading as truth- Based on reading the Gustav LeBon book. I’d say there is some truth to this. However, it does not apply across the board.