Resnica

Solidarnost, odpravljanje neenakosti in sobivanje v različnosti predpostavljajo obstoj resnice, kot vrednoto javnega delovanja pa resnicoljubnost. V poresničnem svetu teh predpostavk ni več. Izmenjavo idej, ki temeljijo na obstoju razuma, vednosti in preverljivosti, nadomeščata zavajanje in laganje.

Tisti na položajih moči pogosto lažejo brez pravne ali druge družbene sankcije. V novosprejetem etičnem kodeksu poslancev na primer resnica, resnicoljubnost, izogibanje zavajanju, priznanje napak niso omenjene, določa pa, da mora biti poslanec na sejah parlamenta ter pri opravljanju mednarodne dejavnosti urejen primerno in dostojno svoji funkciji.

Mediji v lasti vladajoče stranke, okrepljeni s finančno podporo madžarskega avtoritarnega režima, lažejo o tistih, ki se jim upirajo. Socialna omrežja večajo doseg teorij zarot, obenem pa so platforme postavljene v vlogo razsodnikov resnice. Oblastniki javnost zavestno zavajajo in nekaznovano kršijo zakone, strokovnjake pa upoštevajo predvsem takrat, ko si od tega obetajo koristi.

Razpad resnice je povezan z vzponom novih tehnologij, ki pospešujejo pretok informacij, obenem pa relativizirajo dejstva in totalizirajo mnenja. Sicer omogočajo deljenje v preteklosti utišanih resnic posameznikov in skupnosti, ki tvorijo margine, a te resnice si prostor delijo v času, ki ga zaznamujejo erozija politične kulture, ignoranca, cinizem in prostaštvo.

Truth

Solidarity, elimination of inequality and peaceful co-existence presuppose the existence of truth, and truthfulness as the value of public action. In the post-truth world, these assumptions no longer exist. The exchange of ideas based on the existence of reason, knowledge and verifiability is replaced by deceiving and lying.

Those in positions of power often lie without legal or other social sanction. For example, truth, truthfulness, avoidance of deception and acknowledgment of error are not mentioned in the newly adopted Code of Ethics for Members of Slovenian Parliament. The Code stipulates, however, that at parliamentary sessions and when executing international activities, an MoP must be neat and dignified.

The ruling party-owned media, strengthened by the financial support of the Hungarian authoritarian regime, spread lies about those who resist them. Social networks increase the reach of conspiracy theories, while platforms are placed in the role of arbiters of truth. The authorities are deliberately misleading the public and violating the law with impunity, and they take experts into account mainly when they expect to benefit from it.

The disintegration of truth is associated with the rise of new technologies that accelerate the flow of information while relativizing facts and totalizing opinions. While they enable the sharing of truths of individuals and communities that form margins, these truths share space in a time marked by the erosion of political culture, ignorance, cynicism and vulgarity.

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