Words of 2016: Xenophobia & Post-Truth

Xenophobia was just made the word for the year by dictionary.com. Understand its meaning if you don’t already and what it means for you (and your actions in 2017) that this is the word of 2016…

Oxford Dictionaries named “post-truth” as the word of the year for 2016, defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” In other words, truth is regarded as “less important.”

How will you help to regulate yourself in how you are swayed by emotional and personal belief information, when you choose to look at the facts and when you don’t? As the media is wrapped in this post-truth reality, us the consumers of media have to develop new approaches to information. One idea I wondered about is discovering specific journalists who are consistent in their use of true facts and following specific journalists. What ideas do you have?

Article on Oxford’s word of the year.

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