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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As Wednesday’s crowd broke down barricades around the United States Capitol building in Washington, critical thinking experts say it demonstrated a breakdown in our nation’s ability to get along on the basic facts of reality.
“It’s just that these people are so narrow-minded now, based on their original beliefs,” said Helen Lee Bouygues, president of the Reboot Foundation. “They are only exposed to information that validates their beliefs, even though they may be misinformed.”
Bouygues explains that the Reboot Foundation is an organization with ambitious goals.
“Our mission is to promote critical thinking and fight fake news by promoting media literacy to all age groups.”
In addition to pushing for media literacy programs in schools, Bouygues is urging Congress to crack down on social media that deliberately fan the flames of misinformation, rumor and conspiracy.
“It’s not about checking every element online, but it’s about at least showing more transparency about how the algorithm works and at least making it very obvious to people that the sites are deliberately structured for you. tunnel vision.”
Kent Collins, professor emeritus at the Missouri School of Journalism, takes an optimistic view.
“Fake news is as old as the republic, President Trump just gave it a name,” Collins told FOX4.
Collins likened Wednesday’s Capitol chaos to a stress test at the heart of the country’s institutions.
“There were rioters around the White House when President Nixon was there and protesters were putting daisies in the barrels of Federal troops’ M-14 rifles around the White House,” Collins said. “So it’s going to continue, we’ll never be rid of all this trauma, it’s part of the system.”
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