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Reading an article on Grist.com recently, I stumbled across the term post-truth politics. Being a politics student myself, I was intrigued by this new term finding its way into political discourse. From what I can gather, the term was coined in another article on the website written by David Roberts, Grist columnist.

He defines post-truth politics as “a political culture in which politics (public opinion and media narratives) have become almost entirely disconnected from policy (the substance of legislation)”.

Basically he seems to be suggesting that we now live in a world where politicians can tell us anything they like and do the opposite, while still claiming that they are doing what they initially told us. I am oversimplifying it obviously, but you get the gist. And while politicians might not be able to fool everyone, once you start thinking about it you realise that post-truth politics might just be reality.

The original article I was reading was talking about President Obama’s recent actions on promoting an oil-drilling energy plan. The suggestion is that Obama is trying to please too many people and is in fact alienating many of them. The reason is because Obama is not playing the post-truth politics game which his fierce opponents have embraced and this is an interesting proposition.

This is definitely something to think about, even in the context of British politics. The most important question is how much freedom are we prepared to give up as a society, by looking away from the policy and trusting the politics?

The university fees scandal showed just how much a political party is prepared to promise and how quick it can be to turn on those promises. And while history may forgive the unnamed party, the university students graduating with record levels of debt might not.

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My latest TV addiction is a Channel 4 programme called Campus. The show focuses on the “hotbed of academic mediocrity that is Kirke University, with the mercurial yet stubby Vice Chancellor Jonty de Wolfe at the helm.”

To be honest the first time I watched it I was not impressed. It seemed strange, disjointed and slow. In addition to Jonty de Wolfe, the Campus universe is peppered with other stereotypical characters you might find in your average university: the simple jock, the womanising English teacher, the nerdy maths teacher and others.

However, upon closer inspection this show is a little gem. It’s unnervingly funny and its humour relies on the very strangeness, disjointedness and slowness that shock in the beginning.

You can watch the entire first series on 4OD. I’m not sure if there will be a series 2 but I really really hope there will.

It’s surreal, it’s funny, watch it!

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