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Fact-checking may be important, but it won't help Americans learn to disagree better

By Taylor Dotson, Associate Professor of Social Science, New Mexico Tech
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Entering the new year, Americans are increasingly divided. They clash not only over differing opinions on COVID-19 risk or abortion, but basic facts like election counts and whether vaccines work. Surveying rising political antagonism, journalist George Packer recently wondered in The Atlantic, “Are we doomed?”

It is common to blame people who are intentionally distributing false information for these divisions. Nobel Prize-winning journalist…The Conversation

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