Nov 2017

Bioethics Research Library, Healy Hall 102: 4:00pm–5:30pm

Fake News and the Politics of Truth

Join us for a candid conversation with Michael Patrick Lynch, author of The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data and In Praise of Reason: Why Rationality Matters for Democracy.

Fake news spread online is a clear danger to democratic politics. One aspect of that danger is obvious: it spreads misinformation. But another aspect, less often discussed, is that it also spreads confusion, undermines trust and encourages us to live in a kind of epistemic bad faith. Lynch argues it is this last aspect that captures the most pernicious effect of fake news and related propaganda. It undermines the political value of truth—or more exactly, the pursuit of truth, by diminishing confidence in the institutions that protect and encourage that value.

Sponsored by Georgetown's Digital Ethics Initiative, this talk is first in the 2017-2018 Data Ethics Speaker Series. Additional speakers to be announced! The Data Ethics Speaker Series is funded by a generous grant from Reflective Engagement in the Public Interest. While this talk is free and open to the public, space is limited. Please RSVP here.