Are we living in a 'post-evidence' age?

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jko321
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Factual evidence no longer matters. All that matters is the official narrative as presented by the government and mainstream media. Theresa May said of the Russian spy poisoning, "There is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian state was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter.' In other words, the government will not allow any discussion of any alternative conclusion. That means the end of free speech.
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It's always been the case. How do you think religions have survived for so long?
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How you've drawn this conclusion is beyond be to be honest :/
They're the ones with the evidence (Intelligence services)
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(Original post by jko321)
Factual evidence no longer matters. All that matters is the official narrative as presented by the government and mainstream media. Theresa May said of the Russian spy poisoning, "There is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian state was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter.' In other words, the government will not allow any discussion of any alternative conclusion. That means the end of free speech.
All governments take up an official line on major issues and incidents, do you expect them to take a poll?
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All governments take up an official line on major issues and incidents, do you expect them to take a poll?
Yes, and anything that contradicts the official line is a 'conspiracy theory.'
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(Original post by jko321)
Factual evidence no longer matters. All that matters is the official narrative as presented by the government and mainstream media. Theresa May said of the Russian spy poisoning, "There is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian state was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter.' In other words, the government will not allow any discussion of any alternative conclusion. That means the end of free speech.
You make a very confusing analysis here, the concept you are referring to is a post-truth society where emotions take over as more important than facts to individuals, this implies the rejection of expert opinion and the overthrowing of the government. This gives rise to populism, an example is Trump, the spreading of fake news and the arrival of social media allowed for further confusion between what is true and what isn't.
Back to my initial point, the government are elected by the people and are the ones that are theoretically most qualified for the job, they are the experts in this situation, so for you to say that they are making decisions that are not based on expert opinion and facts adds to the notion of post-truth society but the reason for it is you, not the government.
Also, a post-truth society would advocate for free speech to an extent, as the facts are now depicted as emotional opinions for the people. For you to question expert opinion and call it as false creates a society full of opinions denying facts and instead resorting to their feelings, you are not referring to facts or evidence like the government or media are doing, so think about what you initially said and see why you are wrong in your statement.
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(Original post by jko321)
Yes, and anything that contradicts the official line is a 'conspiracy theory.'
No, it's just a different view and one which the government rejects. Surely governments are expected to take up a position, or are they expected to forever have no position simply because there will be some dissenters?
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