“Post-truth” is the international word of the year for 2016, according to Oxford Dictionaries, which defines it as: “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”. Its popularity in the past year has mostly been thanks to the Brexit referendum and the presidential election campaign in the US.
In response to the American presidential election campaign and the role played by various “alternative media” and fake news circulating on social networks, observers, including the renowned historian and expert on central Europe Timothy Snyder, have called on the public to respond, in part by supporting journalists and the independent press.
24. Nov 2016 at 16:37 | Michaela Terenzani