We Need to Address the Danger from Trump’s Fake News Awards

United States President Donald Trump.

by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky Donald Trump’s “Fake News Awards” for what he calls “the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media” have drawn mockery. However, behavioral science research suggests they are deadly serious. These awards create an institution for Trump’s relentless attacks on mainstream media and position Trump as the only voice who gets to determine truthful media. Unfortunately, the typical style of news coverage will perpetuate Trump’s agenda. However, a different style informed by behavioral science strategies would convey more accurate information and address the damage from the…

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Donald Trump – The First Post Truth President And The Tragedy Of The Commons

Trump Swearing In Ceremony during Inauguration

By GLEB TSIPURSKY  Donald Trump is our first post-truth president. And he may well be the first of many. The Oxford Dictionaries website chose “post-truth” as its 2016 word of the year, in large part due to Trump’s success in the presidential election. It defined post-truth as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” (Incidentally, the 2015 word of the year wasn’t a word at all but the “face with tears of joy” emoji.) Trump’s…

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Being A Weird American on Independence Day – Aspirational Patriotism

by Gleb Tsipursky  In celebration of Independence Day, I want to share why I think of myself as a weird American. I’m very proud to be a citizen of the United States. It’s one of the greatest countries in the world. America is a beacon of hope for democracy and freedom for millions of people across the globe. Our universities consistently produce ground-breaking research; our companies drive innovation for the global economy; our military helps keep peace in many global conflicts. Yet I’ve always been a bit uncomfortable thinking of…

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