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Anthony Julius, Mishcon de Reya

Mishcon de Reya Deputy Chairman Anthony Julius on separating what is true from what is not true.

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Anthony Julius, Mishcon de Reya
What is “Post-Truth”?

We hear a lot recently about a term, “Post-Truth”.  It’s, I think, the 2016 Word of the Year.  Does that mean anything to you?

Anthony Julius
Deputy Chairman, Mishcon de Reya

Well, I think it’s an attempt to make contemporary a rather more ancient problem which is the problem of the negotiating one’s way through public, through public and political life with the appropriate degree of sensitivity to lies.

The challenge now is how does one separate what’s true from what’s not true given the saturation level of what’s not true in all the forms of media that one would ordinarily rely on to get one’s news.

Do you think we’ve become sort of desensitised to lying?

Anthony Julius
Deputy Chairman, Mishcon de Reya

No, not at all.  I think the problem of post-truth precisely is that we are highly sensitive to the difference between the truth and falsehood and that’s the success of the purveyors of fake news.  They are able to persuade us that what’s false is true and it matters to them that they persuade us and it matters to us that what we are given is what we believe to be the truth.

Mishcon de Reya Deputy Chairman Anthony Julius on separating what is true from what is not true.