What Happens When Truth Is Not Valued?
What happens when disinformation and propaganda feed and spread ignorance? What happens when private entities can easily purchase news media to support a particular ideology? What happens when the resulting ignorance spreads hate and fear?
The guarantee of Free Speech—subject to established limitations (e.g., false statements, incitement, obscenity, offensive speech) is fundamental to society, so how can we combat the intentional deception of our citizens? Is it even possible to overcome propaganda?
“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.”
- Disinformation = False information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) to influence public opinion or obscure the truth. (Merriam-Webster – Disinformation)
- Disinformation is intentionally false or inaccurate information spread deliberately. It is an act of deception and false statements to convince someone of untruth. We should not confuse Disinformation with Misinformation, information that is unintentionally false. (Wikipedia – Disinformation)
- Disinformation – Deliberately misleading information announced publicly or leaked by a government or especially by an intelligence agency to influence public opinion or the government in another nation. (The American Heritage Dictionary – Disinformation)
This Is What Happens!
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Mark G Capolupo