25 November 2016

Post–truth - UK

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a word or expression chosen to reflect the passing year in language.
 Post-truth has been nominated as the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 and is an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’. 

Other words which were shortlisted were,

adulting nouninformal
The practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks.’,
alt-right noun
An ideological grouping associated with extreme conservative or reactionary viewpoints, characterized by a rejection of mainstream politics and by the use of online media to disseminate deliberately controversial content.’,
Brexiteer noun, informal
A person who is in favour of the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Union.’,
coulrophobia noun Extreme or irrational fear of clowns’,
glass  cliff noun
Used with reference to a situation in which a woman or member of a minority group ascends to a leadership position in challenging circumstances where the risk of failure is high.’
woke adjective, US informal
[originally in African-American usage] Alert to injustice in society, especially racism.’
Project Brief:
It is clear that this selection of words represent a certain mood within society both within Europe and America, and is a representation of the increased sense of unease in the world. 
The question for this Mail-Art project is what does the word ‘Post-truth’ represent? 
Answers on a post-card please to this address:
The Smallprint Company
2-3 Friary Street
Derby DE1 1JF
United Kingdom
Medium/technique: Any
Size: A5 (148 x 210) or A6 (105 x 148mm)
No returns
Deadline : 1st September 2017
notes: please include name, email, website and physical address with your submitted work. However, this is not mandatory and of course you may remain anonymous if you so choose.
All works received will be exhibited at the Smallprint Company gallery in October 2017.
Chris Barker
The Smallprint Company

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