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Post Truth

Post Truth

Evan Davis

Egghead Choice - Crack open for a hard boiled think

We have somehow drifted into an intellectual culture in which anybody’s opinion is as good as anyone else’s. Partly this is about the availability of platforms to shout your mouth off. Billions of social media posts, e-mails, snapchat, video clip contents, and web page opinions are washing around the globe as an ocean of irrational gibberish. To the undiscriminating they all seem to carry equal weight. ‘Facts’ are invented to suit prejudice, whilst the most powerful man in the world contradicts himself every five minutes. The value of truth as objectivity is lost. Any utterance is as true or false as you wish it to be. It would have been too bizarre even for Alice in Wonderland. We are in the world of ‘post-truth’.