Paradoxically, lying is not necessarily definitive of post-truth discourse. To tell a lie one must intend to deceive. For the liar, truth is valuable – that’s the very reason why he wants to manipulate it. As Groucho Marx said, “The most important thing is honesty. Once you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” Keyes says that the direct consequence of post-truth is, unsurprisingly, “post-truthfulness”. Post-truthfulness is a distrust of public discourse, not because of the content, which could be true and even scientifically demonstrated, but because of a belief that all words serve a hidden agenda. As a result, no one expects politicians or governments to tell the truth.
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