The implication of transcending truth is unfortunate, since it may simply mean that like Steve Bannon, some version of Nihilism is now the operative set of rules where truth as objective investigation is rendered secondary… because Orange Gasbag.
Post-truth, as meta-truth has no more value, but only gains credibility or its negation perhaps by iteration (see stochastic terrorism). Like post-modernism it is sequential rather than original or even unique.
Post-truth perhaps occurs when truth has been exhausted or negated, which does not mean as a proposition or claim that it has no existence.
A more visceral or vernacular example is Phil Jackson’s referring to LeBron James’s entourage as a “posse” and the latter taking disrespectful exception to its utterance with a subsequent waste of media time this week as an example of the meaningless value of post-truth political discourse.
Apparently, the truth hurts. So much so that it’s pretty much been condemned to oblivion.
Lexicographers at Oxford Dictionaries say that so many people now assume we are in the age of “post-truth” politics that the term is their international word of the year.
Use of the phrase “post-truth” — political debate largely driven by opinion because truth is irrelevant — is said to have surged by 2,000 per cent last year, and gained further currency during the EU referendum and the US presidential election. It is particularly associated with Donald Trump supporters.
Oxford Dictionaries defines the term as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”.
note also OED new words in September 2016 that also includes “c*ck ring” just in time for small-handed cuckservatives.
- butt-fuck, n.
- butt-fuck, v.
- butt-fucker, n.
- butt-fucking, n.
- neuroplasticity, n.
- non-apology, n.
- Oompa Loompa, n.
Post-truth politics (also called post-factual politics) is a political culture in which debate is framed largely by appeals to emotion disconnected from the details of policy, and by the repeated assertion of talking points to which factual rebuttals are ignored.
Post-truth differs from traditional contesting and falsifying of truth by rendering it of "secondary" importance.
The contemporary origin of the term is attributed to blogger David Roberts who used the term in 2010 in a column for Grist. It became widespread during the 2016 presidential election in the United States and the 2016 referendum on membership in the European Union in the United Kingdom.
Political commentators have identified post-truth politics as ascendant in American, Australian, British and Indian politics, as well as in other areas of debate, driven by a combination of the 24-hour news cycle, false balance in news reporting, and the increasing ubiquity of social media.