Free Speech Stifles Free Speech

When liars are privileged in the public sphere, valid speech is marginalized and trust is broken

This interview with Maria Ressa — a Nobel Prize-winning journalist from the Phillipines — on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert presents a useful distillation of some of the most transgressive information practices and the harm they are causing to humankind.  

When scientific and scholarly publishers become complicit in avoiding the tasks of working hard to establish facts, truth, and trust — from predatory publishers to exploitative publishers to preprint publishers — and impose on themselves a business model that privileges producers over receivers, the problem obviously goes deeper.

We are facing profound choices.