DISUM

Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici

Deceit and Self-Deception. How We Should Address Fake News and Other Cognitive Failures of the Democratic Public.

The worry about the production and dissemination of misinformation and fake data is widespread in democratic societies, so much so that a number of problematic political events and processes are seen as the consequences of citizens’ resulting distorted beliefs.

From Brexit to Trump’s election in the US, from the rejection of refugees to the objection to vaccines across Europe: all these are taken as instances of the effect of distorted information on citizens’ behavior and attitudes.