Fake News/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

Posted on July 26, 2018


On July 25, 2018, the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board wrote about why “fake news” is real. It added the following:

“This willingness to believe any old nonsense, if repeated often enough, is called the ‘illusory truth effect,’ wrote Lisa Fazio, an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University who led a study three years ago into the phenomenon. ‘Repeated statements are easier to process, and subsequently perceived to be more truthful, than new statements,’ Fazio wrote in summarizing her research.

In a mediation, a mediator should try to get the parties to let go of illusory truths. Reality testing will help the parties re-examine old beliefs and prejudices. The long-held beliefs may seem more appealing but they are sometimes not based on a truthful foundation. Allow yourself to be open to changing prior beliefs and hurts. Do not be satisfied with illusory truths; strive to attain the real and unadulterated truth. Why pursue the ‘fake” when the real is obtainable if you make the effort.