What is fake news? Have you had your ideals influenced by it, or have fallen for it? What are the dangers?

Broadly, fake news is an article or picture meant to deceive for political gain or “clicks.” The American people see the term plastered all over their screens, and “post truth” was Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year for 2016.

“Fake news, and the proliferation of raw opinion that passes for news, is creating confusion, punching holes in what is true, causing a kind of fun-house effect that leaves the reader doubting everything, including real news,” says Sabrina Tavernise in “As Fake News Spreads Lies, More Readers Shrug at the Truth.”

Fake news’ insidious effects is that it gets people to believe things that aren’t true, not believe things that are true, etc etc. It increases polarization to both major parties, becoming so extreme to their ideologies that they can’t even consider another viewpoint. We, the people, can hardly figure out what the hell to believe anymore.

In these times it’s increasingly vital to learn political and news literacy. This blog’s goal is to examine false ideologies and fake news from both sides of the political spectrum to provide a clear sense in “post truth era.”

 

References:

http://www.thenewsliteracyproject.org/

Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World

 

 

 

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