Why going by facts alone won’t get us closer to the truth4 min read 04 May 2022, 10:36 PM IST
The record can’t be set straight in a post-truth world without fostering social conditions for truth to prevail
All manner of falsehoods—conspiracy theories, hoaxes and fake news—are spreading like dangerous viruses through communities and are taking deep root in people’s minds. What can be done to make truth the foundation of our day-to-day interactions? The traditional solution is to create more ‘awareness campaigns’ with lots of facts. When, in 2106, Oxford Dictionaries chose ‘post-truth’ as its word of the year, it was a pointer to how perception management had become an extremely complicated process. We are now in an environment where objective facts are becoming even less influential in shaping public opinion.
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