Post-truth

Post-truth refers to a concept in which your personal opinion and beliefs have more value shaping a public opinion than objective facts.

Often, post-truth makes that an article which explains an opinion or a belief of a phenomenon, even if it’s fake,  it expands more than an article which explains the truth based on facts. Maybe it happens because people likes more morbid than the truth.

With internet, public opinion has changed a lot from some years before, because with it, people can access any article with information whenever they want.

In our society, there have been a lot of cases in which appeared the concept of post-truth: for example, when in the First Gulf War, the government decided to apply a press censorship, and the Americans accepted it. Yhey would only read what the government wanted them to read, but everybody agreed. The government said it was a necessary damage to protect them, so the citizens accepted because they liked to feel their government was taking care of them.

This concept could be related to my topic, food addiction.

How do we actually know if this is a real addiction or does it even exist? Are these facts or opinions?

We can only know the truth when we get our information from sites based on objective facts, not opinions or beliefs. In my topic, I think it’s more difficult not to know the truth due to the fact that it’s basically science.

We could lie saying that junk food is actually healthier than vegetables or natural products, and probably then, junk food addicts would believe instantly this information, because they want to feel like they are doing the correct thing.

 

R. Kreitner, Post-Truth and Its Consequences: What a 25-Year-Old Essay Tells Us About the Current Moment”, The Nation, November 30, 2016, https://www.thenation.com/article/post-truth-and-its-consequences-what-a-25-year-old-essay-tells-us-about-the-current-moment/ ,

 

 

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