Posverdad: Geographies of Post-Truth in Latin America

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Post-truth has become a widespread but malevolent force throughout Latin America. While it has received attention from sociologists and philosophers, its spatial dimensions have been overlooked. This essay outlines the fundamentals of post truth. Second, it ties post-truth to neoliberalism. Third, it sketches the social bases of post-truth in Latin America, including the corporatization of media and the explosion of social media. It links post-truth to the hegemony of neoliberalism in the region. Then it offers a series of vignettes designed to illustrate that post-truth takes varying forms in different national contexts, including Trump’s border wall, Bolsonaro’s Brazil, Venezuela under Chavez and Maduro, and several other countries.