Truth: what’s in a word?

I wrote this post back in 2017, when post-truth became a buzz word and it was wise to question or doubt what was reported in the media, and necessary to take what prominent politicians said to us with a pinch of salt.

I’m reblogging it now because of the lack of trust in the words, claims and promises of  many of our politicians is in doubt. Trusting the words and truth from of our prime minister – the highest office of public service in the land – is currently not easy. Truth seems to be out of fashion and making things up on the hoof appears to be the modus operandi of our PM.

As we in the UK enter this ever-crazier phase of the Brexit fiasco by having a general election 2 weeks before Christmas, it might seems that the pantomime season has started a little earlier this year. In which case, it’s upon us all as voters to examine the qualities of truth and trust alongside what is being said and how it is being said and presented in our media.

Eyes in the back of my Head

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As we entered the uncertainties of 2017, The Oxford Dictionary announced that the word of 2016 was “post-truth”. This word travelled from the old to the new year and from all observations and experiences to date, will probably be around for quite some time to come.

Now, over half way through the year, the word is well-established, used and understood, often in media reports but also in everyday speech. It has entered the language. But what does post-truth actually mean? And do the journalists who use it acknowledge what it means? Do they spell it out for us, or are we left to wallow in this buzz word of the times?

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