Fake news is not new. How much we see is. How we react to it and how quickly we spread it have changed.
Lies masquerading as news are as old as news itself. It’s a history we should keep in mind amid the current panic about “fake news.”
In the past, governments, mainstream institutions and newspapers manipulated news and information. Today, anyone with a Facebook account can do it. Instead of the carefully organized fake news of old, there is now an anarchic outflow of lies. What has changed is not that news is faked, but that the old gatekeepers of news have lost their power. Just as elite institutions have lost their grip over the electorate, so their ability to define what is and is not news has also eroded.
Fake news is a problem. But we should not exaggerate its newness, misunderstand its cause or promote cures worse than the disease.
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