On 28 November 2020, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung published a very good article that highlighted another source of misinformation: moralism. Below the title “Unholy Moralists” it says: “Politics is increasingly about good and evil, not about right or wrong. Morality is sometimes a victim, often just a child of its time. It becomes dangerous as a weapon. … In her novel “Omama” Austrian cabaret artist Lisa Eckhart writes: “I miss those times when people fought over facts. When it was still about true or false, not about good and evil.

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We can only agree with this. Morality must not replace thinking or critical questioning. This becomes evident again and again when we refuse to discuss false information in online discussions and instead simply ask questions to understand how the other party justifies its opinion or the false information. It then usually becomes apparent very quickly what quality the information is actually of.

Read the full text here (in German):
https://static.onleihe.de/content/nzz_zeitung/20201128/NZZ20201128/vNZZ20201128.pdf