Fake News Eats the World: Protecting Speech, Evaluating Truth & Validating Our Decisions
As fake news played a bigger role in this past presidential election than ever seen before, free speech debates are unfolding on social media, in boardrooms and on college campuses all over the country. Being called into question is one of the ideas behind the First Amendment: that if you let truth and falsity battle, that truth will eventually win – that people are rational and they can determine truth from falsity. But recent events are now causing us to rethink basic premises behind freedom of expression. Are we in a situation now where truth no longer matters, and people are not able to sort these things out? Who then, do we turn to and how do ensure that truth still wins the day?
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