Those who claim we live in a post-truth society are not saying that there is no such thing as truth. What they are saying is that truth doesn’t matter to most people. When presented with information they do not like, many people respond by calling it “fake news.” But Dr. Pinker says this about fake news:
“Another inspiration for the post-truth cliché is the recent prominence of ‘fake news.’ But this, too, is not a new development. The title of the James Cortada and William Aspray’s forthcoming ‘Fake News Nation: The Long History of Lies and Misinterpretations in America,’ is self-explanatory…”
Dr. Pinker is absolutely correct that fake news is not a recent development. Humans have been lying ever since we have been able to speak. What makes things different today, in my opinion, is that we have the internet. Nearly every human being on Earth has access to all the knowledge ever generated by mankind. Yet, instead of doing research and telling the truth, we prefer to spread lies and propaganda (and pictures of cats) at lightning speed around the globe. This takes the problem to an entirely new level. We have no excuse to be poorly informed, yet we choose to be.
Alex Berezow, “Steven Pinker Is Wrong. We Do Live In A Post-Truth Society” at American Council on Science and Health
But now wait. Are we really more poorly informed than our medieval ancestors? Isn’t it much easier to get correct information today if we really want it?
Note: Last we heard, the Raging Woke had gone after Pinker. See “Now Steve Pinker Is Getting #MeToo’d, At Inside Higher Ed Over Jeffrey Epstein”
Clearly, he has escaped their clutches for now.
It must be nice for Pinker to be in an argument with a reasonable human being like Alex Berezow instead.
See also: Is there life Post-Truth?