Matthew d'Ancona on Post Truth - RSA

Matthew d'Ancona on Post Truth

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  • Behaviour change
  • Arts and society
  • Leadership

Watch Matthew d’Ancona, renowned journalist, in our latest RSA Spotlight - the edits which take you straight to the heart of the event!

‘Post-truth’ was the Oxford Dictionary word of the year 2016 – but what does it mean, and how can we champion truth in a world of lies and ‘alternative facts’? Renowned journalist Matthew d’Ancona distinguishes post-truth from a long tradition of political lies, exaggeration and spin. 

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  • Matthew's address at the RSA showed considerable insight and I enjoyed it on line. In my time, I've discussed with economists the need to involve students with the workings of society and not just traditional methods, like modelling. People seem to need empathy now and not solely logic and what has been done before. If people are suffering they are not necessarily going to listen to what appears to be common sense to those already in power. Perhaps I was a somewhat emotional brexiteer to keep me going during the nearly 30 years I waited and more so  in the heat of the referendum, but now I'm a pragmatic one. It's not just winning the argument, it's making it work in real life. I think in time, post-truth will morph into almost truth and finally into good old-fashioned truth again. It has to become fashionable of course.

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