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Democracies stand for an ideal political system run “by the people, for the people.” Democracy is rooted in the idea that power should be vested in the people, in part because people are smart and the majority opinion is usually the best decision. In fact, social science supports the idea that majorities make better decisions than those made by individuals.
However, the ideal democratic system is easily perverted by influence tactics that manipulate and alter the thinking of voters. Our “independent thinking” is manipulated by campaign tactics we see in advertisements, the “talking points” of candidates, and the opinions of those we trust. What can we do to combat this manipulation – especially in an age where we are too busy to study and understand all the issues by ourselves?
Presented by Vanessa Druskat