All politicians occasionally bend the truth. Brookings Institution fellow Jonathan Rauch argues, however, that United States President Donald Trump has broken with established norms by spreading falsehoods regularly and with a strategic purpose: to undermine the very concept of objective truth. Trump’s behavior, Rauch claims, is symptomatic of a larger trend. In recent years, internet propagandists have chipped away at a long-held, informal social consensus on how to derive facts – a process he refers to as the “constitution of knowledge.” getAbstract recommends this article to those concerned with the rise of disinformation in America.
In this summary, you will learn
- How Western societies form a consensus on truth, and
- How online disinformation campaigns are disrupting this process.
About the Author
Jonathan Rauch is an author and senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution.