Truth Decay (Paperback)

An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life

By Jennifer Kavanagh, Michael D. Rich

RAND Corporation, 9780833099945, 324pp.

Publication Date: January 26, 2018

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Political and civil discourse in the United States is characterized by "Truth Decay," defined as increasing disagreement about facts, a blurring of the line between opinion and fact, increased relative volume of opinion compared to fact, and lowered trust in formerly respected sources of factual information. This report explores the causes and wide-ranging consequences of Truth Decay and proposes strategies for further action.