What ‘Additional Facts’ Really Means
We are privileged to be witnessing the birth of a new world view. It is nothing less than a revolution in how we are expected to respond to events and interpret them as true or false.
Until January 20th, 2017, a statement about something that had happened was boringly binary. It was fact or it was fiction. There was no other option. On that significant Friday, however, a further possibility emerged. Kellyann Conway and Sean Spicer, acting for their newly inaugurated President, told us that there is not only ‘fact’ and ‘fiction’; there is a whole, new, previously unrealised classification, which they termed ‘additional facts’. These are facts which cannot be demonstrated or proved – indeed, sometimes the dull, old-fashioned approach that we are used to actually denies them – but are true because somebody, preferably somebody powerful, says they do. Those who question these additional facts’ are to be threatened, bullied, ridiculed, pilloried. One of the preferred avenues for doing this is Twitter.
No doubt in time the category ‘fiction’ will no longer be required. There will simply be ‘facts’ and ‘additional facts’, and ‘fiction’ will disappear altogether because it will no longer be needed. Damn, and I’ve just published my first novel!