I’m worried about this post-truth label. It seems to have gathered a lot of credence in a very short period and I don’t like the picture it paints.
First though, as was pointed out to me, we haven’t exactly been living in a present-truth world for the last few decades, have we? Have we all been praising politicians and industry for their close adherence to the facts of every matter, and to the evidence of their cases? I must have missed it if we were.
In fact the term goes back quite a long way – at least back to 2004 and I guess much further back.
It seems to me that we only live in a post-truth world if we choose to, and if we let it happen. And by ‘we’ I do mean we, the public, but I also mean NGOs.
We need to make the truth work for us. And I’m sure we can.
Let’s think about it and see what progress we can make through this year.