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In our national mythology, we attribute all-wisdom, all-knowledge and all-prescience to the Founding Fathers. However, certain things they could not have predicted: an electorate made up of the plurality of voluntarily registered voters and not just property owners, the freedom of slaves and their rights as citizens, including the vote; women having the right to vote, an African American president, the removal of what used to be referred to as "bungholery" at least in spirit from the Uniform Code of Military Justice as well as public life; a credible female candidate of a national party and the Internet. Obviously crafting the First Amendment, they envisioned a free press and a public education system that would at least inform the citizenry. They had no concept of corporate conglomerates (or corporations), Nielsen Ratings, talk radio, created realities; the triangulation of church, state and echo chamber; social media or click-bait.
Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief:
‘in this era of post-truth politics, it's easy to cherry-pick data and come to whatever conclusion you desire’
‘some commentators have observed that we are living in a post-truth age’
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