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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

The effort to destroy facts and make American ungovernable didn’t come out of nowhere.  It is the culmination of seventy years of strategic denialism, according to Lee McIntyre.  In “On Disinformation” he shows how the war on facts began, and how ordinary citizens can fight back against the scourge of disinformation that is now threatening the very fabric of our society. McIntyre explains how autocrats use propaganda to manipulate the populace and deny obvious realities, why the best way to combat disinformation is to disrupt its spread and offers ten smart steps to fight back and win the war against truth.

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Lee McIntyre received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Aebor. He is the author of several prominent books focusing on the acceptance of –and resistance to—scientific facts. Dr. McIntyre taught philosophy at Colgate University, Boston University, Tufts Experimental College, Simmons College, and Harvard Extension School. He was Executive Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. He has also served as a policy advisor to the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. **BOOKS** (for general readers) include: _The Scientific Attitude_; _Post-Truth_; _How to Talk to a Science Denier_
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Donovan leads the field in examining internet and technology studies, online extremism, disinformation and media manipulation. Donovan received her Ph.D in Philosophy from UC San Diego and is currently assistant Professor of Journalism & Emerging Media Studies at Boston University and founder of The Critical Internet Studies Institute, a non-profit that advocates for a public interest internet. Her latest book is MEME WARS: The Untold Story of the Online Battles Upending Democracy in America, with Emily Dreyfuss and Brian Friedberg.
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