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Recently in our Truth About Lying Class, we have been discussing the reliability of information not just from media sources but from political candidates directly. Politicians hold a stigma of being frequent liars as displayed in the article, “Yes, I’d Lie to You; The post-truth world” posted by the Economist. A popular term in this article is “post-truth politics”, a political culture in which debates and claims are emotionally led to receiving more voters; these political claims can even remain disconnected from reality. Some people can become so emotionally attached to a false idea that it becomes their own perception of truth. This is also one of the many flaws of our society, we become so connected to our emotions that we can drift away from logic and reasonable thinking. Similarly to this subject, our class also read an article called “This Article Won’t Change Your Mind” posted by The Atlantic which discusses cognitive dissonance, which is the discomfort of simultaneously holding two conflicting thoughts. When we come to a conclusion of how things work, whether its political beliefs, financial decisions, or morals, it can be difficult to break out of those ideas without being challenged, but when we do challenge our ideas or are challenged then we jump to the nearest justification of why we believe certain things. This article goes on to discuss how opinions are best formed by groups of people than by the individual, an example portrayed in this article is the internet, an advanced piece of technology that allows the entire world to exchange ideas and perspectives. This tool also allows us to connect with certain groups, such as people with liberal or conservative ideology. Due to the world being a big place, our exchange of ideas provides compelling evidence from all sides of the spectrum of political concepts. This article also showed a study that was conducted that showed how people with specific beliefs prefers to obtain knowledge from sources that mostly align with their own. It’s normal for most people to do this but if we break this barrier and challenge our beliefs as a whole, our society will be more productive with agreeing on one concept at a time.

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