post-truth

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From post- +‎ truth.

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post-truth (not comparable)

  1. (chiefly politics, media) Beyond or superseding the importance of truth; pertaining to an era or situation when truth is no longer significant or relevant; usually in a pejorative sense, uncaring of factual accuracy.
    • 1989, The Month, p. 281:
      He is, he claims, post-God, post-reality, post-truth, post-meaning, post- history, post-world, post-Western […].
    • 1995, Collegium Antropologicum, vol. 19, p. 20:
      Victims or exiles should not repeat any longer what everybody already knows in the new 'post-truth' world order – that they are among numerous contemporary victims of war crimes and military violence […].
    • 2001, John Beynon, Masculinities And Culture, ISBN 0335199887:
      Clearly quite a lot of journalism is post-truth . . . More important, perhaps, is journalism's post-truth tendency . . . to make no propositions for which there is a possible 'true/false' response.
    • 2001, Roy Ascott, Reframing consciousness: art, mind and technology, page 293:
      In the post-truth world, the people are saturated by a plurality of discourses that are struggling for the consent of the audience, the difference being that the explosion of messages that characterises modernity is no longer stamped with the 'authority' of their authors.
    • 2003, Craig Detweiler & ‎Barry Taylor, A Matrix of Meanings (Engaging Culture): Finding God in Pop Culture, ISBN 1585583324, page 2003:
      In Christianity Today, columnist Charles Colson bemoaned our “post-truth society,” which produces liars such as Tawana Brawley, David Brock, and Stephen Ambrose.

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post-truth (uncountable)

  1. The fact or state of being post-truth; a time period or situation in which facts have become less important than emotional persuasion.
    • 2016 September 10, “Art of the Lie”, in The Economist:
      Post-truth has also been abetted by the evolution of the media.

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