The Marriage of Digital and Fiction: Emergence of the Post-Truth Era

The truth can be proven if we experienced it with our sense. We heard a cat releasing the “meow” sounds and we approve it, we see the sun is shining bright in Gili Trawangan and approve that it is the source of light, we smell our mother’s cooking some delicious Beef Rendang and we approve the smell, we taste the Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and appreciate the taste. Those are facts and the way we feel about it is subjectively created in our mind. For a long time, our sense is the most traditional media we used to tell how we feel about something.

The Digital Media though, is a unique phenomena. This time bending machine spread texts like mad, really mad. Text about human experiences are in here, just by using our eyes, we can record many data from the written text from the monitor display to the brain and then you know at least how Antartica looks and feels like. Surprisingly, humans do enjoy the cyber world and have spoil them much until its credibility trustable enough for them. Whenever a story or news exposed to the consumer/audience/user in the digital media, immediately people will start to believing it without any preemptive caution.

The news is viral, it’s like a virus, but it’s a fiction in digital, a fiction that shapes the public opinion. This virus is the people who likes bending the truth far enough to cause a chaos in society. With a certain motives, an individual can make a news about how a Commercial Mineral Water is not distilled and purified well enough so it still contains unwanted substance. He spread it through WhatsApp and in picosecond everybody starts ostensibly buy other mineral water products and boycotting the mineral water from the bad news.

The use of Fictionized Truth or in popular terms we call it Hoax have often appeared in this 21st Century. With the help of Yellow Journalism it spreads faster than the real news itself. The first news that people take will often be the news they held firm. What’s bad is that this fictionized truth is a negative content, this will impact the publics concern and opinion with certain topics.

The Post-Truth Era is softly entering the world. And sadly it is more popular for the use of politics (see: Post-Truth Politics). We have seen Presidents using false rumors to gain publics emotion and to win the campaign. Some individuals fictionized the truth to debilitate some candidate’s/party’s vote. And some individuals use hoax just to gain popularity.

This is the age where our main teacher is the written text. We trust them by faith, yet text after text that we see or hear is written by people, a subjective individual. But I can assure you though that knowing this doesn’t make you intelligent in deciphering which is true and which is not, but a wise man should feed on the good deed, moral and what’s human. A wizard though, is a wise man who also write literatures of utopian dream and dystopian reality.

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Badass Ove Grumbles About the World

A Man Called Ove

I’ve just read the first chapter and I can already tell that this is going to be a great book.

A Man Called Ove” is a novel written by Fredrik Backman tells a story about an old man who struggle to comprehend on how the modern world operates around him. He always perplexed on how strange people acting nowadays especially with their ever-growing technology. Realising their strangeness that leads to stupidness, Ove shoved his hand in his pockets and ready to ambush the modern folly. I finished reading the first chapter and it’s already packed with lots of smart sarcasm that brings you laugh and somehow you can relate to it. The perfect thing about this book is how Ove literally don’t give a damn just about everything that gets in his way.

Here is a quote (minor spoiler content) from the first chapter that actually quite sums up of who is this Ove:

Now it’s just computers and consultants and council bigwigs going strip clubs and selling apartment leases under the table. Tax havens and share portfolios. No one wants to work. A country full of people who just want to have lunch all day -Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

and another:

And the poser has a girlfriend. Ten years younger. The Blond Weed, Ove calls her. Tottering around the streets like an inebriated pandas on heels as long as box wrenches, with clown paint all over her face and sunglasses so big that one can’t tell whether they’re a pair of glasses or some kind of helmet -Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

Damn he knows what he’s talking about and there’s even more funny pouting. I don’t know why I’ve been wanting anyone, any entity dare to say shit about the world right now and that is just in the first chapter of this book, I don’t even care that I was one of the generation that Ove mocked. Yea, Ove is an old stern, austere, conventional, pragmatic, conservative-you-name-it man in the world. Yet every sarcasm he points out is a fact of irony in the modern world.