Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Stop Calling Everything “Fake News”; Slate, 12/6/16

Will Oremus, Slate; Stop Calling Everything “Fake News” :
"Two months ago, almost no one was talking about fake news. A Google Trends search for the term shows that it barely registered before October. Now you can hardly turn on the real news without hearing it.
Fake news is a real, specific problem. But in all the furor around who’s making it, who’s sharing it, its impact, and how to stop it, it’s easy to lose sight of something more fundamental: what it is. The broader the definition, the less useful the concept becomes—and it’s already verging on counterproductive."

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