We Don’t Know What We Do Know Either!

William Lutz (Editor), “What Do We Know,“ Beyond Nineteen Eighty-Four: Doublespeak in a Post-Orwellian Age, (Illinois: National Council of Teachers of English, 1989), p.44:

You see the problem. We are nominally in the midst of an information-rich environment in which the counterfeit overwhelms the authentic. Most of us have access only to the counterfeit. So, what do we know? Just as the man quoted at the outset said, “We don’t really know what we don’t know.” But that isn’t all. We don’t know what we do know either! And there isn’t much that we can do about it — really.

We are all whether we like it or not, ready to make our most crucial life decisions and choices on the basis of the misinformation, disinformation, semi-information, and anti-information that we find most comfortable

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