Truth Decay and the Media

The words Truth Decay over a fading American flag painted on wood

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May 8, 2018


5:30 p.m. Registration
6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Program


RAND Corporation
20 Park Plaza
Suite 920
Boston, MA 02116

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The shrinking role of facts and evidence-based analysis in American public life poses a threat to democracy, to policymaking, and to the very notion of civic discourse. RAND has launched an ambitious research project, Truth Decay, to define and study the problem with the ultimate goal of working toward innovative solutions. A panel of experts in Boston will discuss the connection between the media and Truth Decay. They will address the effects of changes in the information environment, including the rise of social media, the shift to a 24-hour news cycle, increasing partisanship of some news sources, algorithms and filters, and media literacy.

jennifer kavanagh

Jennifer Kavanagh

Political Scientist, RAND Corporation; Associate Director of the Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program in the RAND Arroyo Center

David Lazer

Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University; Co-Director, NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks

Claire Wardle

Executive Director, First Draft; Research Fellow, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School


Laura Hazard Owen

Deputy Editor, Neiman Journalism Lab, Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard University

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