Discussion posted by: David McNamara
Over the past five years or so, the term “fake news” has become increasingly common. Used in situations where it applies – and in situations where it doesn’t – many are reluctant to believe that content they find isn’t actually accurate. This can be for a number of reasons, including cognitive dissonance and even the Dunning-Kruger Effect – but the impact it has on our media, government and society is profound. In order to dive deeper into the concept, it’s important to understand what actually constitutes fake news, how it propagates, and why it is created in the first place. Let’s examine these elements and deconstruct the mystery behind the concept.