Friday, 31 March 2017

Fake News Hysteria: The Death of Critical Thinking Skills & Issue Analysis - Lionel

The issue isn’t whether fake news is bad or a problem. The issue is whether government should step in to prohibit that which it considers fake or not real or . . . or what? What’s the difference between fake and wrong? This is not a new phenomenon. After all, there have always been problems with news and perceived bias and the like. Conspiracy theories are dismissed as insane unless they involve Russia. Pizzagate and 9/11 Truthers are nuts. But absolutely anything’s legit when it comes to Putin. And younger folks are the worst at knowing the difference. Fake News was Jon Stewart. War of the Worlds was fake news but theater but people killed themselves. I can’t ensure that you won’t be fooled. It doesn’t work that way. The answer is to remain vigilant, sue if defamed or compete.

Fake News is essentially propaganda-driven corporate/state media, including their online supporters, that push a corrupt establishment supporting agenda. Critical analysis, based on research and documentation, will highlight the problems with media.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 31st, 2017.]

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