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‘Post-truth’ is defined in the dictionary like this: ‘Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.’ It played out in politics in 2016 like this: Politicians would make a factual claim. Journalists, statisticians and others would check the facts, find them to be wrong, and point this out. But it wouldn’t matter. Because as long as politicians were appealing to people’s strong feelings about something, nobody would care when the fact was shown to be wrong.