Of possible interest consistent with the information pathologies threat, not my views but worthy of reflection.
A successful democracy requires well-informed citizens, but what if the information at their disposal is not accurate? Examples of misinformation are widespread and range from inflated advertising claims and political accusations to flawed scientific findings and assertions over health and medical issues. The scholar Cass Sunstein has written of the effects of “biased assimilation,” and how the echo-chamber of polarized groups is more susceptible to rumor- or conspiracy-based “information cascades.”
So how does misinformation start, how does it spread, and what can be done to counteract its effects? A 2012 metastudy from the University of Western Australia, University of Michigan, and University of Queensland published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, “Misinformation and Its Correction: Continued Influence and Successful Debiasing,” focuses on how misinformation originates and spreads, why it is difficult to correct, and how best to counteract it.
Key study findings include:
Phi Beta Iota: The think tanks and others doing such studies avoid the “corruption” word and strive to keep their investigations “neutral,” on those rare occasions when they actually have something of substance to offer. The fact is that Lawrence Lessig has it right: corruption is the full equivalent of treason in government, and high crimes in the private sector. Killing the truth kills people, kills cultures, kills nations.