Oxford Dictionaries has named its Word of the Year, and it’s post-truth.

Are we in a post-truth world? If you’re in the reality-based community, are you obsolete? Or do facts still matter?

We’ll also reveal what word is the winner for our Word of the Year on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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‘Post-truth’ named 2016 word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/11/16/post-truth-named-2016-word-of-the-year-by-oxford-dictionaries/?utm_term=.db7c0b7c7220

Why We’re Post-Fact
https://granta.com/why-were-post-fact/

The man who studies the spread of ignorance
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160105-the-man-who-studies-the-spread-of-ignorance

Trump’s lies have a purpose. They are an assault on democracy.
https://thinkprogress.org/when-everything-is-a-lie-power-is-the-only-truth-1e641751d150#.xn6j8bo1m

Dan Rather, on why truth matters
https://www.facebook.com/theDanRather/posts/10157810937485716

Bursting the Facebook bubble: we asked voters on the left and right to swap feeds
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/16/facebook-bias-bubble-us-election-conservative-liberal-news-feed

Zuckerberg Says He’ll Take Steps to Solve Facebook Fake News
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-19/zuckerberg-says-he-ll-take-steps-to-solve-facebook-fake-news

Facebook and Google to stop ads from appearing on fake news sites
http://money.cnn.com/2016/11/15/technology/facebook-google-fake-news-presidential-election/

Six easy ways to tell if that viral story is a hoax
https://theconversation.com/six-easy-ways-to-tell-if-that-viral-story-is-a-hoax-47673

Did racism Trump economic anxiety in the US election? @mehdirhasan’s Reality Check.
https://twitter.com/AJUpFront/status/802248756905115648/video/1

The ‘latte libel’ is a brilliant strategy. The left cannot counter it with facts alone
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/28/the-latte-libel-is-a-brilliant-strategy-the-left-cannot-counter-it-with-facts-alone

These Are The Most Searched Words Since Donald Trump Was Elected
https://www.good.is/articles/trump-election-most-searched-words

Dictionary.com’s 2016 Word of the Year: Xenophobia
http://blog.dictionary.com/xenophobia/


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