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Yahan Liang recently graduated from London College of Communication in MA Graphic Media Design. Base in Taipei.

She explores the nature of social issues in the post-truth era by looking at human behaviour through graphic design, painting and publishing....

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Post Truth Era

The term 'post-truth' was selected as a new word by Oxford English Dictionary in 2016. It was defined as 'circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’. By the spread of conspiracy theories and the openness of the interpretation toward things, it is not hard to imagine that the world we live in today has more possibility than before. Also along with the rise of the Internet, the power of a personal voice is hard to ignore.

The world is in chaos as the populist wave steps into the UK since Brexit in 2017. This is accompanied by the unstable political circumstances in Europe, Russia, Turkey and Asia. Indeed the most noticeable example is the United States with the election of Donald Trump.

In the past, people formed their personal opinions based on the known facts, which then supported a certain stand; in turn supporting a certain party of a country. However, nowadays in the post truth era, people tend to firstly be emotionally inclined to choose one party, which is worthy to follow, taking everything they promote, then forming a personal opinion and lastly listening selectively gto the voice that they desireo, enlarging it and embellishing it. This is regardless of the persons’ viewpoint, which eclipses their faiths. Nevertheless, the fundamental difference between post-truth politics and traditional politics is, today, ‘truth’ compared to ‘opinion’ is less important. Many people no longer care about whether their agreed advocation of position by a political party is being supported or not.

The advent of the post-truth era has gradually reduced the importance of facts. People's emphasis on inner emotions has overwhelmed the desire for truth, and it is related to the increasing demand for self-existence and self-uniqueness. The advancement of science and technology has greatly reversed the way people communicate with each other. Electronic devices are loaded with various platforms that provide quick-impact functions.

People project more self-virtual space, and the same reason accepts others’ conversations in virtual space, actions, stories. This is a passive result of the current influence of people's interactions.