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Date of Publication: June 14
Year of Publication: 2022
Author(s): Solmu Anttila
How might we alleviate our society’s misinformation problem?
One suggestion goes as follows: the problem is that people are so ignorant, poorly informed, gullible, irrational that they lack the ability to discern credible information and real expertise from incredible information and fake expertise. People should take a stronger personal and civic responsibility to be informed, and educate themselves in critical thinking and media literacy, if not for their own sake, then for the sake of society at large. People are too freewheeling with what they believe and what they share, and need to start thinking more critically about what they encounter and who to trust.
This view places the primary responsibility for our current informational predicament – and the responsibility to mend it – on individuals.
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