The Era of ‘Truth Decay’: 12 Things We Still Don’t Know About Our Weird Time

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Last week, the global policy nonprofit RAND Corporation released a 300-page report — it’s a book — entitled “Truth Decay: An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life.” The report defines “truth decay” as a set of four related trends (of which fake news is only a little part) and offers lots of ideas for future research.

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  • January 30, 2018 at 8:22 am

    So the graph shows Newspapers, TV News and Congress. Kind of incomplete considering what they are trying to study. Why doesn’t it show Online News? Of course this all perfectly coincides with the advent and increasing popularity of the internet. The problem is the internet itself. We had a school that has now implemented a “No homework on weekends” (not every weekend) policy because they have found that the kids seem to have more anxiety and depression. Again, no mention of the internet/social media. It must be the homework? Who is paying for this research and why does everyone and their brother exclude the internet in all the world’s problems? The year 2000ish seems to be a turning point. Oh really?!?! Wonder what was taking off at that time on it’s destructive path. Couldn’t be the internet, no way, it’s the future, we can’t live without it. One thing is absolutely certain, the internet is too powerful for humans to handle in the nilly-willy-free-for-all way it’s currently being used.


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