Existing Citations

  • post-truth : The word itself can be traced back as far as 1992, but documented usage increased by 2,000 percent in 2016 compared to 2015. (†2007)
  • post-truth : The connotations embedded in "post-truth" commentary are normally as follows: "post-truth" is the product of populism; it is the bastard child of common-touch charlatans and a rabble ripe for arousal; it is often in blatant disregard of the actualité. . . . But this interpretation blatantly disregards the actual origins of "post-truth." These lie neither with those deemed under-educated nor with their new-found champions. Instead, the groundbreaking work on "post-truth" was performed by academics, with further contributions from an extensive roster of middle-class professionals. Left-leaning, self-confessed liberals, they sought freedom from state-sponsored truth; instead they built a new form of cognitive confinement—"post-truth." More than 30 years ago, academics started to discredit "truth" as one of the "grand narratives" which clever people could no longer bring themselves to believe in. Instead of "the truth," which was to be rejected as naïve and/or repressive, a new intellectual orthodoxy permitted only "truths" – always plural, frequently personalised, inevitably relativised. (†2008)