Shirky: ‘We are indeed less willing to agree on what constitutes truth’ | Poynter.

When we all have a voice that’s accessible 24/7, we begin to learn that agreement is hard to find.

The transparency brought about by the internet is a double edged sword. On the one hand it has brought unlimited information to our finger tips, very positive in terms of increasing knowledge. On the other hand it has brought unlimited information to our finger tips allowing us to see just how different our views on truth and fact are.

As Clay Shirky says in this article, “there seems to be less respect for consensus because there is less respect for consensus. This change is not good or bad per se — it has simply made agreement a scarcer commodity across all issues of public interest. The erosion of controls on public speech have enabled Birthers to make their accusations against the President public; it also allows newly-emboldened groups — feminists, atheists, Muslims, Mormons — to press their issues in public, in opposition to traditional public beliefs, a process similar to gay rights post-Stonewall, but now on a faster and more national scale.”

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