post-factual democracy
n. A democracy in which ignorance and irrationality hold sway over facts and reason.
Thirdly and perhaps most significantly, we now live in a post-factual democracy. When the facts met the myths they were as useless as bullets bouncing off the bodies of aliens in a HG Wells novel.
—Nicholas Barrett, “Fed up millennials speak out,” Financial Times, June 24, 2016
Finalising slides for tomorrow’s keynote at @DTUtweet on 'Evidence-Based Policy-Making in a Post-Factual Democracy’.
—David Budtz Pedersen, “Finalising slides for…,” Twitter, May 09, 2016
We have entered a post-factual democracy
—George Mannes, “We have entered…,” Twitter, December 11, 2015
2013 (earliest)
Infostorms may be generating a new type of politics: the post-factual democracy. Facts are replaced by opportune narratives and the definition of a good story is one that has gone viral.
—Vincent F Hendricks, “All those likes and upvotes are bad news for democracy,” The Conversation, December 18, 2013