Oxford Dictionaries names ‘post-truth’ word of the year
This week Oxford Dictionaries choose that the word of the year will be Post Truth – “relating or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeal to emotion and personal belief”.
The usage of the word increase 2000% since last year because of the political environment we are living this year, after the Brexit vote and the victory of Donald Trump.
According to Oxford Dictionaries, the use of the word has been the result of the social media in spreading fake news that are not based on facts but in the beliefs of the social media community.
Apparently the people who share the fake news, are more concerning in spreading the news than to check if the news are truth.
This shows that the understanding and the value of truth in current society is taking a different route than used to mean before the social media.
Today any user has the power to share something. A thought, image, video, and more important, ideas.
The ideas people share is based in the belief of the majority or the understanding of the society where we’re living in.
Very few people check if the information is correct before sharing it. People has the temptation to join the movement or to “break the news” before being accurate or trustworthy.
The election of Donald Trump proved it as he was many times denounced in sharing “news” that wasn’t necessarily true, but make him look good and the people involved did as well.
The belief that a text is truth just by the fact that it is in the internet makes it possible for fake news to be spread and be perceived as truth, when in reality it is not. Some sites, have been specialized in finding the truth about the news that has been shared.
Most of the times, the news are not shared by the larger media companies, nor the larger media agencies, like Associate Press, or BBC.
This by itself is an indicator of a fake news. Usually the news are shared by a blog that has not a reliable source of information.
And many users don’t necessarily care to take the time to go after the truthfulness of the source, making it more susceptible to fall in to the fake news trap.
What is most alarming is that the social media users are no longer after the truth, but after the sensation of the “breaking news” wave of excitement and truth is taking another route. Post truth is becoming normal and people don’t care about it.
Our society is now turning into sensationalism, rather than in truth. This is a reflection of a post modern society where the feeling of getting excited about sharing a breaking news is more important or is more valuable that being accurate or seek for truth. Our society is seeking for aiming for apocalyptic news, to create sensation, rather than focus on the truth, on what is truth.
The gospel of John makes a very interesting statement as he was telling the discorse of Jesus to Jews who believed in Him:
If you hold to my teaching, you are my disciples, Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32.
In this passage, Jesus was pointing the importance of seeking for truth and how truth can set people free. In the case of a post truth society, people will be in bondage of the lies, the bondage of believing in a lie, will bring consequences, for long periods of time. The media can be used to produce the half truths that makes people believe in lies, that can mislead voters or the public opinion for the sake of passing a law or promoting some sort of strategy for public health policy for example.
The population needs to be aware and seek to find truth, so that it can set them free.
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November 21, 2016 at 01:38AM
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