The points in the manifesto correlate directly with my understandings of post-truth from the research and rooting around I did at the beginning of the project.
Here is a little breakdown of each point-
no. 1 – Post Truth art uses the space between people as its medium
It’s clear from the definition of post-truth that the phrase relates to emotion, intuition and the psychology of belief. The invisible human forces.
no.2 – Post Truth art does not concern itself with the opinion of experts
Relating to the quote from Michael Gove, Conservative politician and former Secretary of State for Education, “people in this country have had enough of experts.”
no.3 – Post Truth art has the utmost conviction
To hoodwink 50% of a nation you must be good at lying or believe the lie yourself because you don’t know otherwise. This relates to, well all tales that have been told and later revoked in an attempt to gain votes. (Nigel Farages’ £350 million per week/NHS gaff being one of them)
no.4 – Post Truth art does not strive for perfection it strives for deception
To trick the public into a particular way of thinking by concealing information or publicly lying in order to sway opinion. A common tool used by our politicians. Also relating to journalism and colouring the truth in an attempt to sell papers or attract clicks.
no.5 – Post Truth art should excite yet leave the consumer and artist feeling empty, confused and mis-sold
Post-truth news/media is designed to get the blood pumping, to appeal to our hopes and fears and nothing in between but it usually goes nowhere, a fleeting rumour, a sensationalised scoop that explodes all over social media and is then forgotten as quickly as it came around.
no.6 – Post Truth art is unconsidered
Post-truth politics, news and information is not concerned with offending people.
no.7 – Post Truth art works to a dinnertime deadline
The pace of news has increased rapidly thanks to its digital evolution and the rate of social media news sharing. Journalism has suffered under the growing pressure of getting seen in a sea of online news articles and the need for having the headline that deserves that sought after click. Reel the stories out quickly and often to keep the reader engaged seems to be the current business model…chasing down cheap clicks at the expense of accuracy.
no.8 – Post Truth art does not require skill to be successful just exposure
Post-truth news, celebrity and information is made credible by exposure. To be bombarded with the presence of a particular subject makes it prominent and hard to ignore. You are forced to have an opinion and it becomes irreversibly recognisable.
no.9 – Post Truth art does not stand for anything
Of the information and news that is changeable and favours the current mood.
no.10 – Post Truth art can and will contradict the points in this manifesto as often as possible
Relating to the unreliable information and news the is common in the journalistic landscape, predictably contradictory from one day to the next.