We constantly read that we live in a “post-truth” era.
As lies and “fake news” flourish, citizens appear not only to believe misinformation, but also to condone/accept misinformation they do not believe.
Dr. Effron’s research shows three psychological factors that encourage people to condone misinformation: partisanship, imagination, and repetition.
Each factor relates to a hallmark of “post-truth” society: political polarization, leaders who push “alterative facts,” and technology that amplifies disinformation.
A central concern with this post-truth era is that not only people believe and spread misinformation- but when they recognize it as false, they continue to spread lies, and give it a moral pass.
The question is: Why Do We Excuse Dishonesty in a Post-Truth World?
What sort of behaviour drives people to become dishonest and spread fake news?