‘Post-truth is an intellectual label for bulls**t’ – Nish Kumar on The Mash Report

We are living in a ‘post-truth’ era of fake news, we keep being told. British and American politics are becoming more and more like a South Park episode in real life. Enter stand-up comedian Nish Kumar and master satirists The Daily Mash. Written in the week of broadcast, The Mash Report is a new TV show from the minds behind the website whose Onion-style take on the British news cycle has won it 600,000 fans on Facebook and millions of daily readers. Joined by comedic talents Ellie Taylor, Steve N Allen and Rachel Parris, presenter Kumar will report on everything that happened – or didn’t happen – that week.

Read more: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/culture/television/nish-kumar-the-mash-report-post-truth-satire/

Photo credit: Nish Kumar fronts the new topical show The Mash Report (Photo: BBC)

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Culture Lab Detroit announces 2017 theme: ‘post-truth’

“If it wasn’t apparent already, we have officially entered a post-truth era. From the “alternative facts” brazenly spun from the White House daily to the public’s eroding trust in the media, the concept of a fractured reality had a moment in 2016 — so much so that the Oxford English Dictionary even chose “post-truth” (an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”) as its word of the year, noting a 2,000 percent uptick in its usage in 2015.

What does the concept of post-truth mean closer to home? With the increasing traction of the narrative of “Two Detroits” — a booming downtown touted in the media as a Motor City comeback, while the rest of the city experiences a very different reality — it’s a question worth asking, which Culture Lab Detroit will explore later this year with the announcement of the “post-truth” theme for its 2017 discussion series, to be held Oct. 5 and 6.”

Read more on this story at MetroTimes.com

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OPINION: Post-Truth and Disability Rights

“I’m not comfortable with the term “post-truth” and I don’t use it. I see it as a Stalinist phrase, the answer to the old tyrant’s rhetorical question: “If Stalin was such a bad guy, why do all these people have to resort to attributing to him almost entirely quotes he didn’t make, or manipulate his actual quotes just enough to make them seem evil?”

Post-truth is “good Stalin” and I believe no one should employ the term. But it is here like candy and coconuts which is to say it’s as much a fact as Koba himself. I’ve always liked this observation by Christopher Hitchens: “Stalinism was, among other things, a triumph of the torturing of language. And, unlike Nazism or fascism or nuclear warfare, it secured at least the respect, and sometimes the admiration, of liberal intellectuals.”

One may insert post-truth right there.

Nevertheless, and without irony, or at least profligate irony, I’ve been thinking about disability and post-truth, largely because tough minded disabled protestors have been bleeding, have been dragged from their wheelchairs, earning the respect of millions while defending the principle of health care as a human right. Is it possible that disability is to post-truth as iodine is to goiter.” – Stephen Kuusisto, Contributor

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Elon Musk’s big battery brings reality crashing into a post-truth world

Elon Musk’s agreement to build the world’s largest battery for South Australia isn’t just an extraordinary technological breakthrough that signs coal’s death warrant. It’s potentially a game changer in the way we do politics, reinserting the importance of basic reality into a debate which has been bereft of it for too long.

There’s been a lot written in recent years on the idea that we are living in a “post-truth” world. Climate writer David Roberts brought it to my attention around 2010, when I was grappling with the idea that dinosaur politicians and rent-seeking corporates not only weren’t telling the truth about climate change and energy: they were actively dismissive and destructive of the very idea of truth.

While we got a taste for it in Australia under Tony “don’t believe anything I haven’t written down” Abbott’s government, the idea sprang into the global mainstream last year with Donald Trump’s election campaign and the Brexit bus.

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Estonian Leader Rues ‘Post-Truth’ Politics Before Trump Meeting

Image: Kersti Kaljulaid, Estonia’s president, pauses during an interview at the presidential palace in Tallinn on April 6, 2017

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid criticized politicians who pursue divisive political campaigns and disregard facts, setting the tone a day before she meets U.S. President Donald Trump.

Leaders who win office with the help of “post-truth” campaigns but can’t deliver on their promises will see their governments fail, Kaljulaid told a conference in the Latvian capital, Riga, Wednesday. From there, she’ll head to Warsaw where she’ll meet her counterparts from 12 central and eastern European countries in the Three Seas Initiative. Trump will also attend.

“Post-truth is a short-termist strategy,” she said. “To counter post-truth politics, we need better political leadership.”

Read more on Bloomberg.com

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“What are the challenges of gender-transformative journalism in a post-truth world and what is its capacity to help build a more peaceful, just and inclusive society?

These were some of the main questions focused on a feminism and gender transformation panel, hosted by Gender@International in Bonn, Germany.

I had to ask another question first. My mind reeled at the words “post-truth-world” and it wasn’t the first time. What is a “post-truth world”? I don’t like that term, and I don’t know why. It reminds of the word “woke” which I am not particularly fond of as well because it has been so overused. Except that now “post-truth world” has become more popular than “woke”. Besides what it literally means, (we’re past the truth), what does it mean the dynamic ways it is used? And it my opinion, it is used way too often. I explored and found the following definitions:

  1. 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. Or: The fact that emotional persuasion (not lies) is more effective than truth. (Source: Wiktionary)
  2. Wikipedia, on the other hand, has only an explanation of “post-truth politics”. It again mentions the whole emotional persuasion thing but then also clarifies that this “trend” is often cited a contemporary problem because of the internet, but has long been a mechanism both in the media and politics. Think about picketing as an example. And think about how certain publications only cover certain stories to tug at the hearts and minds of certain audiences. This has been going on for decades. (Source: Wikipedia)
  3. The post-truth era is a phenomenon that actually has a name: Agnotology. And the definition of agnotology is the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt. Its implications are huge. (Source: Forbes Magazine)

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“Post-Truth” officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary

“Oxford English Dictionary delved into the political.

The dictionary added the words “woke” and “post-truth” to its 2017 update. The words are particularly linked to the 2016 presidential election and issues on race and police shootings.

The dictionary said “post-truth” denotes “circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping political debate or public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.'”

Article/ Photo : FoxNews.com

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