20 January, 2021

Rashomon’s Relativism

In the post-truth era, every belief and opinion, even if it is wrong, acquires a ring of truth. How can you survive in this tumultuous world, and separate the right from wrong?

Illustrations by Saahil
Rashomon’s Relativism
  • 2016:  Oxford Dictionaries said post-truth was its word of the year
  • 2016: Google searches for ‘fake news’ spiked 20-30 times, and didn’t abate since
  • Public trust in traditional news media plummeted from over 55% in 2003 to 30% in 2016 in the US
  • Between 2012 and 2017, more people access news online and through social media, compared to print and TV 


Life in an era of fake news, morphed news, falsehoods, and baked news can be feisty, testy, violent, and terrifying. To communicate with each other in this period of shared news, forwarded views, and re-tweeted opinions can be tricky, even dangerous. This is especially so when social media becomes the dominant — for many, only — means of communication between individuals. We have more friends on Facebook — may be a hundred times more than our real acquaintances — some of whom we never meet in our lifetimes. But we talk to them,...



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