ITIF Search

Don’t Blame Technology for Misinformation, Polarization, and Electoral Distrust

The roots of the word scapegoat go back to biblical times, when the sins of the people were ritually bestowed upon an actual goat, which was then sent away to remove these sins from the community. It’s an apt analogy for the way advanced technologies are now blamed for seemingly every societal ill. But just as goats weren’t responsible for the sins of the ancients, neither is technology to blame for ours.

Writing in RealClearPolicy, David Moschella considers three of the most common allegations—that technology is spreading misinformation, polarizing society, and undermining electoral trust—and he shows all three are myths.

Read the op-ed.

Back to Top