Kevin Roose, a technology columnist for The Times, writes, "Several experts I spoke with recommended that the Biden administration put together a cross-agency taskforce to tackle disinformation and domestic extremism, which would be led by something like a 'reality czar'."
One of those experts, Joan Donovan, the research director of Harvard University's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, even implied that the new administration could set up a "truth commission," similar to the 9/11 Commission, to investigate the planning and execution of the Capitol siege on Jan. 6.
A "truth commission"? It makes one wonder if any of these experts have read the Constitution, especially the part that talks specifically about the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press?
George Orwell's novel "1984" was a warning about his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative, creating a "Ministry of Truth". Such a suggestion for a "reality czar" shows that Orwell's work appears to be timelier than ever.
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