The week we are welcoming Dan Hatfield from the Human Development Center.  Dan Hatfield has been a supervisor for the ARMHS department at the Human Development Center (HDC) in Duluth since 2016. Dan worked as a Community Support Provider Case Manager at HDC in Superior from 2011 to 2016.  He taught at Kishwaukee College and Waubonsee Community College in Illinois from 2006 to 2010.  Dan's academic degrees include ABD in Ed.D in Teaching and Learning at UMD, MA in Philosophy from Northern Illinois University, and M.S. Ed in Community Counseling from UWS.  He was born in Duluth, gradated from Two Harbors High School, and met and married his wife Sarah while in Illinois who is from New Jersey.

Truth Decay and Post-Truth

Truth decay is defined by the following four characteristics: (1) the blurring of fact with opinion, (2) confusion on interpretation of facts and data (3) the increasing emphasis of opinion over fact in public discourse, (4) decline of trust in formally trusted sources of fact and data.  The result of truth decay is the erosion of civil and national discourse and is represented by the rise of ‘alternative facts’, ‘fake news’, ‘filter bubbles’ and ‘echo chambers’ that are shaped by sociological and technological changes to the way people receive and interact with media and news and form judgements regarding personal and political opinions.