"Post-truth" as 2016 Word of the Year

 

 

In November 2016, Oxford Dictionaries announced “post-truth” to be the 2016 Word of the Year, as use of the word has increased by 2000% over its usage in 2015. It defines post-truth as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

 

What do you think are some of the implications relating to the rise of “post-truth”? What role does digital technology play, if any, in bringing about a post-truth era? How should we respond to the rise of post-truth, particularly in relation to our own online activities and actions?