Welcome to the Post-Truth era— a time in which the art of the lie is shaking the very foundations of democracy and the world as we know it. The Brexit vote; Donald Trump’s victory; the rejection of climate change science; the vilification of immigrants; all have been based on the power to evoke feelings and not facts. So what does it all mean and how can we champion truth in in a time of lies and ‘alternative facts’?
In this eye-opening and timely book, Post-Truth is distinguished from a long tradition of political lies, exaggeration and spin. What is new is not the mendacity of politicians but the public’s response to it and the ability of new technologies and social media to manipulate, polarise and entrench opinion. Where trust has evaporated, conspiracy theories thrive, the authority of the media wilt and emotions matter more than facts .
Now, one of the UK’s most respected political journalists, Matthew d’Ancona investigates how we got here, why quiet resignation is not an option and how we can and must fight back.
Oh my goodness. This was so depressing yet so interesting all at the same time. It goes into great detail about how facts and the truth no longer matter in the court of public opinion and politics, and how interpretations are way more important.
Points are made that although the election of Donald Trump, and the Brexit vote have happened, they aren’t the cause of the post-truth era, merely a symptom.
It is extremely well researched, written and explained. It is also frankly terrifying. The final chapter discusses what we can do in order to make the truth matter again, but the fact that we have to do anything is the scary part.
I was reading this at the same time as The Destruction of Hillary Clinton, and the two books combined made some of the same points, scaring me and angering me in equal measures!
I used to have a pretty strong aversion to non-fiction books, but it seems that I have a developing fondness for political discussions – maybe because I love to shout at the TV when there are political programmes on!
I highly recommend this to anyone who is wondering how the heck the world has ended up in the political state it is in.
Received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Finished on June 6th 2017
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