A fascinating story about and an interview with the man who runs a large-scale fake news operation with multiple websites and dozens of writers and social media ops. He is a Democrat who started doing this to point out how easy it is to trick people with fake news. He now generates between $10,000 and $30,000 a month in ad revenue.
" We clearly prefer news stories that are likely to reinforce our existing views rather than challenge them." A professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania explains echo chambers, filter bubbles, Facebook algorithms, and argues that both individuals and companies like Facebook have a role to play in diversifying our news feeds.
Head of the International Fact-Checking Network argues that facts are no less under treat than in other periods of history and that ""post-fact" is a coping mechanism for commentators reacting to attacks on not just any facts, but on those central to their belief system"
A JStor Daily article argues that no, the Internet didn't ruin anything and "Fake news is part of a larger problem of “click journalism”: media that focuses on getting online click-throughs, or on “clicking” with our pre-conceived bias." The author looks to the era Yellow Journalism of the 1890s and how the public and the courts eventual turned against it.
What's So Concerning About Mis- And Dis-Information?
"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."