Over the last 12 months or so we — the global population — have entered into a new Golden Age. Some have argued that this is the second Golden Age of television; the first — I’m told — ran from the late-forties to the early-sixties. But, this isn’t about TV or Netflix or streaming, I have a much more consequential subject in mind, lies.
Now, let’s face it, we humans have been weaving tall stories and telling lies for millennia, and politicians above all other living things have certainly established it as an enduring art form of sorts. However, we’ve now entered an era where telling and spreading falsehoods is worn as a badge of honor rather than one of shame. This Golden Age of Lies began in the U.S (where else would you expect?) several years ago. However, I think the defining moment came on January 20, 2017 — the inauguration of the President of the United States. On this day, the brazenness and shamelessness of these falsehoods, conspiracy theories and “alternative facts” reached an entirely new level, which we’ll call global gaslighting. Deceit has so pervaded our national discourse that we couldn’t even agree upon a figure for the crowd size attending the event.
Image: 2009 Obama Inauguration, 2016 Trump Inauguration. Courtesy of AP.