Chuck Todd on Meet the Press recently referred to the 2016 Presidential campaign as happening in the “post-truth world.” Add this to the post-church world and the post-modern world, and what you have is a whole new world. Get on board, or not.
The very idea of a post-truth world sets my teeth on edge. Isn’t this a bit hyperbolic? There’s nothing new about news people making stuff up, right? Remember the Maine! (Citizen Kane) Boy sportscaster Ronald Reagan making up baseball play-by-play from newswire transmissions. Hildy Johnson (The Front Page) made up the news at a screwball pace.
Nonetheless, the very idea that Wayne’s World (Albania edition) is pumping out fake news just for kicks, and we’re buying it, is a bit much…isn’t it?