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The Resource Do facts matter? : information and misinformation in American politics, Jennifer L. Hochschild and Katherine Levine Einstein

Do facts matter? : information and misinformation in American politics, Jennifer L. Hochschild and Katherine Levine Einstein

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Do facts matter? : information and misinformation in American politics
Title
Do facts matter?
Title remainder
information and misinformation in American politics
Statement of responsibility
Jennifer L. Hochschild and Katherine Levine Einstein
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Language
eng
Summary
"A democracy falters when most of its citizens are uninformed or misinformed, when misinformation affects political decisions and actions, or when political actors foment misinformation -- the state of affairs the United States faces today, as this timely book makes painfully clear. In Do Facts Matter? Jennifer L. Hoschschild and Katherine Levine Einstein start with Thomas Jefferson's ideal citizen, who knows and uses correct information to make policy or political choices. What, then, the authors ask, are the consequences if citizens are informed but do not act on their knowledge? More serious, what if they do act, but on incorrect information? Analyzing the use, nonuse, and misuse of facts in various cases...Hochschild and Einstein argue persuasively that errors of commission (that is, acting on falsehoods) are even more troublesome than errors of omission. While citizens' inability or unwillingness to use the facts they know in their political decision making may be frustrating, their acquisition and use of incorrect 'knowledge' pose a far greater threat to a democratic political system. Do Facts Matter? looks beyond the individual citizens to the role that political elites play in informing, misinforming, and encouraging or discouraging the use of accurate or mistaken information or beliefs. Finally, the authors consider policy levers and political actions that leaders and citizens can use to disseminate politically relevant knowledge, connect information to action, and correct or compensate for the use of misinformation. As Will Rogers once remarked, 'It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble. It's what we know that ain't so.' Hochschild and Einstein show that if a well-informed electorate remains a crucial component of a successful democracy, the concealment of political facts poses its greatest threat." -- Book jacket
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1950-
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Hochschild, Jennifer L.
Dewey number
323/.0420973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JK1764
LC item number
.H63 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Einstein, Katherine Levine
Series statement
Julian J. Rothbaum distinguished lecture series
Series volume
v. 13
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  • Political participation
  • Democracy
  • Judgment
  • Decision making
  • Politische Beteiligung
  • Meinungsbildung
  • Politik
  • Kommunikationspolitik
  • Desinformation
  • USA
Label
Do facts matter? : information and misinformation in American politics, Jennifer L. Hochschild and Katherine Levine Einstein
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Publication
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Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-216) and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
What do people know and why does it matter? -- Developing the argument -- Ignoring correct information in making political judgments -- Using incorrect information in making political judgments -- Endangering a democratic polity -- Political asymmetry -- Promoting Jefferson's ideal
Control code
ocn893609089
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xix, 224 pages
Isbn
9780806146867
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014027612
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9780806146867
  • (OCoLC)893609089
Label
Do facts matter? : information and misinformation in American politics, Jennifer L. Hochschild and Katherine Levine Einstein
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-216) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
What do people know and why does it matter? -- Developing the argument -- Ignoring correct information in making political judgments -- Using incorrect information in making political judgments -- Endangering a democratic polity -- Political asymmetry -- Promoting Jefferson's ideal
Control code
ocn893609089
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xix, 224 pages
Isbn
9780806146867
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014027612
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780806146867
  • (OCoLC)893609089

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