November 17th, 2016

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After truthiness, we now have post-truth

Normally, I pay little or no interest in the 'new word' of the year, but this year's word, 'post-truth' seems particularly useful...

'Post-truth' declared word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries

Post-truth. The official definition says, "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief". We could expand the meaning of the term to characterize the era in which hegemonic financial institutes, using media for manipulation, attempt to nihilize the electoral process. It is a negative effect of psychology and marketing used by a few people without ethics.

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