Is the world falling into ‘post-fact’ world?
In Canada, a government study published this month shows that Canadians believe the world is “post-truth” — in other words, that the world has become less credible.
The results, presented in a report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), a think-tank that advocates for democracy, were released to the public Wednesday.
In the report, published by the centre, Canadians are “deeply concerned” about how the world “is perceived” and the consequences for democracy and human rights.
“The world has changed.
We are moving away from the idea that facts are absolute,” the report states.
“The world is more uncertain.
The world is being more polarized.”
In a series of interviews with The Canadian Press, the CCPA senior researcher, Dan Delacourt, said the world’s perception of reality has changed over the past decade, and the perception of the world today is not based on truth, but on falsehoods.
“In some ways, it’s more dangerous,” he said.
“If people don’t believe in the validity of the things they are telling you, that will create a lot of tension.”
“The reality of the current state of affairs is that the media is increasingly focused on the truth, rather than the lie, as it is now.
It’s much more difficult to make those claims.
So if you are going to tell a story, you have to do it well.
And if you do not do it right, you will end up with people not believing you,” Delacont said.
Delacourt says there’s an increasing trend of people questioning the credibility of the mainstream media, and he says he is concerned that “a lot of this has to do with the fact that we are not being taught in school that facts and truths are absolute.”
Delascoourt says the CCPSA study is an attempt to give Canadians a “better understanding of the nature of the country’s reality.”
He said the CCAPA report was based on an “analytical framework” and not based in any one specific source.
While the CCMPAs study was commissioned by the Conservative government, Delacord said the party has yet to formally take the CCPPA’s findings into account.
“They’re not trying to influence the party.
They’re trying to provide a better understanding of Canada’s reality,” he says.”
We want to be able to provide that, and then use that to help politicians and the government, and for the media as well.”
Delacont says the report is “very important” and that he hopes Canadians will read it.
“I think it’s important that we get our facts straight,” he explains.
“We have to be careful to not make these claims that are made by those who want to manipulate the facts.”
The report found that about a quarter of Canadians believe that the “truth is being twisted, or distorted,” and a third think the world around us is becoming more polarized.
Delacon said the survey did not measure the level of trust that Canadians place in the mainstream Canadian media, or the level that Canadians feel the mainstream is trying to tell them.
Delason says the data “is not surprising given the amount of information that’s being disseminated about us in Canada.”
“We’ve always been told the world was not as clear as it should be, and that the truth was not absolute,” he explained.
“What this report shows is that people are deeply concerned about the state of the global environment, and about what lies behind the lies that are being told about them.”
Drama around the country, and what’s happening in our country, is not new, but Delacons research shows Canadians are increasingly “deepened” about the world they live in.
Delaval says that a major part of the CCPAs report was a “conspiracy” theory.
“It’s a conspiracy theory that the mainstream has used to discredit the CCCPAs findings and the CCPCA study,” he told CBC News.
In the past, he said, “the mainstream has tried to discredit our research.
It has been used to make a lot out of the fact it was funded by the U.S. State Department and the U-S.
Agency for International Development.””
The fact that they are saying they have funded our study and it’s funded by these U.N. agencies is outrageous,” Delason said.
He said that “the fact that it was not independently funded by U. S. or U. N. agencies, and it was given to the CCUP [Centre for Research and Public Policy] by the Department of State is extremely concerning.”
Delasons findings are not surprising, he says, because there is a perception among Canadians that “things aren’t as they should be.”
“They’ve been told that facts have been twisted and that we’re being misrepresented by the mainstream,” he added