Fiyaz Mughal OBE

 

Fiyaz Mughal OBE of Tell Mama on the dangers of being in a social environment where the facts don’t matter anymore.

Mishcon Academy:
Fiyaz Mughal OBE: In Defence of Truth
What is “Post Truth”?

We hear the term “post truth” being used a lot in the media.  What does that mean to you as a phrase?

Fiyaz Mughal OBE

Well, post truth means we are in a social environment where facts don’t matter anymore.  Where actually individuals can make things up and they are seen in equal weight as facts, and that environment where views, where opinions, are seen in equal measure as fact, for me, gives meaning to the term “post truth”.

How do you think we’ve got to that place?  How can it be that an argument with no grounding in fact but presented emotively can be valued the same as a factual argument?

Fiyaz Mughal OBE

I think there’s a number of reasons why we reach this point.  One, I think media within our country has always wanted to provide an alternative opinion when there is a factual opinion and the sense that actually, everything needs to have an alternative opinion in the press, has created the space where people are starting to absorb alternative views.