Post-truth, politics, and the public. Lee Mcintyre introduces us to the idea of post-truth and where we stand in society in alignment with it. According to her, in the post-truth era, “truth has been eclipsed— that it is irrelevant.” There is an endless conversation on politics and how Trump made fake news a reality, how his words somehow became factual to others even though there was contradicting evidence to prove otherwise. So why exactly was “post-truth” Oxford Dictionaries word of the year in 2016 and what makes it so special for us to understand? “Post-truth amounts to a form of ideological supremacy, whereby its practitioners are trying to compel someone to believe in something whether there is good evidence for it or not.” Roger Stone perfectly explains how Trump is able to play into this role of embodying someone who lives in a post-truth world. By using alternative facts to be what people know as truth, their reality becomes distorted. Who are we supposed to believe? Is everything we know just a giant lie? What determines reality and what determines falsity? How do we survive in this post-truth world when we cannot distinguish between facts and lies?
“Post-truth is not about reality; it is about the way that humans react to reality.” Post-truth doesn’t just relate to the world of politics. It aligns perfectly into our world of alternate reality games. Roger Stone is like a game master, with Trump acting as his puppet, and America as his platform. He’s transformed America into an alternate reality with Trump’s election campaign and presidency, and the players, the American citizens, are playing right into it all. They’ve fully immersed themselves in a post-truth, alternate version of America, and it’s up to the people of the United States to determine how they’ll continue with their lives.
When a player is participating in an ARG, they’ve integrated the game into their real life. From rabbit holes to puzzles that reveal clues, they’re letting in bits and pieces of the game into reality, until the line between real life and game becomes blurred. Post-truth is an element of ARG in respect to its components – believing in something whether there is good evidence for it or not. As a game player, you have to convince yourself that this is not a game, and that it is reality, and it is up to you to decide how to react to it. If we’re living in a post-truth era since the presidential election, are we just convincing ourselves that we’re only temporarily in an alternate reality, or should we give up hope and forget fighting post-truth and accept the world for what it is? At the end of the day, we’re all just pawns in the game of life.