I thought it was about time for me to have a rant again. Enough of these pretty birds and gorgeous sunsets schmaltz … although I must say people seem to enjoy that type of stuff more than they do my rants. Does that signify anything? Not really … read on
It’s official: there is such a thing as post-truth – check it out, it’s in the dictionary, nogal!
This is the post-truth era! Suddenly dishonesty and inaccuracy are fashionable and accepted! American author Ralph Keyes says: Dishonesty inspires more euphemisms than copulation or defecation. Well, that’s putting it roughly, but it pretty much sums up the state of articulation that is accepted by the all-consuming public.
Kathleen Higgins writes in Scientific American: When political leaders make no effort to ensure that their ‘facts’ will bear scrutiny, we can only conclude that they take an arrogant view of the public. They take their right to lie as given, perhaps particularly when the lies are transparent. Many among the electorate seem not to register the contempt involved, perhaps because they would like to think that their favoured candidate is at least well-intentioned and would not deliberately mislead them…
Much of the public hears what it wants to hear because many people get their news exclusively from sources whose bias they agree with.
Stand up for truth: check the facts before you spread them; never believe politicians ever, and reject crap!
Post-truth is a disease which must be challenged before we lose reality and all honour.
Slightly off the point but …what really got me going today is the lack of ethics and creativity of television. I saw that “Married at First Sight” has become a series.
What morally bankrupt, banal, conscience-less executive producer agreed to that? How can these people justify the immoral drivel they feed into people’s heads . Tempting people with TV exposure and cash to perform questionable, objectionable, offensive and immoral ceremonies is disgusting. Do you remember the film of the Depression-era dance marathon of the desperate for the amusement of spectators:“They shoot horses, don’t they?” Why don’t they re-open the Colosseum in Rome and feed Christians to lions?
That’s post ethics, not just post-truth!
Is there no social responsibility or is it just ratings and ad dollars?
The other morning there was a riveting item on a traffic jam in Melbourne. We are in Queensland – if there were no traffic jams here, why can’t we celebrate that fact, instead of scanning the country for newsworthy items like a traffic jam? No house fire, car driving into a house, lost hiker, corner store robbery – no worries, some other state is bound to have one…
Surely there are some creative journalists that can break out of the formulaic mould of car chase, brawl, house fire, criminal court case …?