Thursday, 8 December 2016

The Cynical Gambit to Make ‘Fake News’ Meaningless

As journalists push back against hoaxes and conspiracies, media skeptics are using charges of “fake news” against professionals.

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/12/the-fight-to-make-fake-news-meaningless/509888/

But if the proliferation of bad information online is indeed the dangerous driving force of a post-fact society—a society in which made-up stories inspire real incidents like the gunfire at a pizzeria in Washington over the weekend, or the woman charged with making death threats against the parent of a child murdered in the Newtown massacre because she thought the attack was a hoax—people ought to know what “fake news” actually means.

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