POLITICO - When Gen Z is the Source of the Misinformation it Consumes

Alethea Group VP of Analysis Cindy Otis speaks with POLITICO about how Gen Z interprets misinformation.


To be sure, Gen Z does not need lessons on how to use the internet. This generation of digital natives has been “online since the day their parents start taking pictures of them in the delivery room,” said Cindy Otis, a former CIA analyst whose book “True or False” helps young adults spot disinformation.


“When you pair very vivid imagery and put it with text, either on the image itself or sort of a post, it can have a very particular effect where it pushes all those emotional buttons that then in return shuts down critical thinking skills or questions that a viewer might have,” Otis said.


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