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The Resource Truth decay : an initial exploration of the diminishing role of facts and analysis in American public life, Jennifer Kavanagh, Michael D. Rich

Truth decay : an initial exploration of the diminishing role of facts and analysis in American public life, Jennifer Kavanagh, Michael D. Rich

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Truth decay : an initial exploration of the diminishing role of facts and analysis in American public life
Title
Truth decay
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an initial exploration of the diminishing role of facts and analysis in American public life
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Jennifer Kavanagh, Michael D. Rich
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eng
Summary
Over the past two decades, national political and civil discourse in the United States has been characterized by "Truth Decay," defined as a set of four interrelated trends: an increasing disagreement about facts and analytical interpretations of facts and data; a blurring of the line between opinion and fact; an increase in the relative volume, and resulting influence, of opinion and personal experience over fact; and lowered trust in formerly respected sources of factual information. These trends have many causes, but this report focuses on four: characteristics of human cognitive processing, such as cognitive bias; changes in the information system, including social media and the 24-hour news cycle; competing demands on the education system that diminish time spent on media literacy and critical thinking; and polarization, both political and demographic. The most damaging consequences of Truth Decay include the erosion of civil discourse, political paralysis, alienation and disengagement of individuals from political and civic institutions, and uncertainty over national policy. This report explores the causes and consequences of Truth Decay and how they are interrelated, and examines past eras of U.S. history to identify evidence of Truth Decay's four trends and observe similarities with and differences from the current period. It also outlines a research agenda, a strategy for investigating the causes of Truth Decay and determining what can be done to address its causes and consequences
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1981-
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Kavanagh, Jennifer
Dewey number
306.20973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
JK1726
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
NLM call number
JK 1726
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Rich, Michael D.
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  • Political culture
  • Truth
  • Rhetoric
  • Politics
  • Dissent and Disputes
  • Thinking
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Political culture
  • Rhetoric
  • United States
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Truth decay : an initial exploration of the diminishing role of facts and analysis in American public life, Jennifer Kavanagh, Michael D. Rich
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Truth Decay's four trends -- Historical context: is Truth Decay new? -- Drivers: what is causing Truth Decay? -- The consequences of Truth Decay -- The road to solutions: a research agenda -- Additional information about our methodology
Control code
1021086084
Extent
1 online resource (xxiii, 301 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781977400154
Lccn
2018022998
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1021086084
Label
Truth decay : an initial exploration of the diminishing role of facts and analysis in American public life, Jennifer Kavanagh, Michael D. Rich
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Truth Decay's four trends -- Historical context: is Truth Decay new? -- Drivers: what is causing Truth Decay? -- The consequences of Truth Decay -- The road to solutions: a research agenda -- Additional information about our methodology
Control code
1021086084
Extent
1 online resource (xxiii, 301 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781977400154
Lccn
2018022998
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1021086084

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