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Truthiness – Wishing Doesn’t Make It So


It’s hard to believe that “truthiness” was Merriam-Webster’s word of the year in 2006. Defined as “the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true,” truthiness feels increasingly relevant today.

Real news is based on facts. So isn’t the popular term “fake news” an oxymoron? Trust is dimished when truth is manipulated. Trustworthy communications can inform, inspire, persuade, educate and illuminate. Isn’t it worth the time to verify sources and seek corroboration before forming opinions? We still might disagree, but at least we’ll come by it honestly.

– Lisa Cutter, SLJ 100 Communications

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