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Fake News

  • Originally published 04/25/2018

    How We Solved Fake News the First Time

    Stephen Marche

    Since the beginning of the Internet, the unintended consequences of its arrival have been routinely compared to the fallout from the invention of the printing press.

  • Originally published 04/11/2018

    Breitbart declares war on Wikipedia

    In the past week, Breitbart’s Wikipedia page has become the scene of an epic battle, with alt-right trolls descending en masse to change its content.

  • Originally published 10/12/2017

    Is the BBC Posting Fake History?

    Christopher Gilley

    Recently, deeply-flawed articles on the website of BBC Ukraine have been passed off as fact.

  • Originally published 06/19/2017

    Historians called on to write books that impact the public

    Keisha N. Blain and Ibram X. Kendi

    The public appears to be experiencing a vacuum of expertise. Perhaps people will now bestow more trust on the expertise of America’s notoriously and proudly independent academics.

  • Originally published 03/24/2017

    How new is “fake news”?

    James W. Cortada

    What history teaches us is that American politics seemed to generate more fake news than almost any other activity of the nation.

  • Originally published 02/23/2017

    The Antidemocratic Origins of Fake News

    Jeremy C. Young

    The cynical philosophy of those who peddled false information in the 1910s and 1920s can help us understand why fake news is not only bad for the public but also antithetical to a democratic culture.

  • Originally published 02/21/2017

    Fake News and the Founding Fathers

    John Avlon

    This administration’s attacks on the press are directed at anyone who dares to disagree or try to hold them accountable. Nothing could be further from the example George Washington set.

  • Originally published 02/16/2017

    The True History of Fake News

    Robert Darnton

    The concoction of alternative facts is hardly rare, and the equivalent of today’s poisonous, bite-size texts and tweets can be found in most periods of history, going back to the ancients.

  • Originally published 10/31/2017

    The Behavioral Science of Political Deception in the 2016 Election

    Intentional Insights

    How did Donald Trump win, when he used so many misleading statements and outright deceptions? Couldn’t people see through them? As an expert in brain science, I want to share why his followers fell for his lies and what can be done to address this situation in the future.