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Now You Know All About Fake News! But Wait... Is Fake News Still a Thing?
Even as many people were still becoming aware of (and concerned about) the topic of "fake news," some journalists, media analysts, and commentators were already declaring that the fake news phenomenon was over. On this page you'll find a few essays, articles, and audio clips that discuss the "end of fake news," and perhaps more importantly, what we can expect next as media consumers.
"The Rise and Fall of Fake News" (audio from the public radio program "On the Media")
An audio clip detailing the media's fascination with "fake news," and how the phenomenon might have already run its course.
"‘Fake News’ is Now a Tainted Term. It’s Time to Retire It."
An essay from Medium.com by Washington post journalist Margaret Sullivan. Sullivan argues that the term "fake news" lost all meaning when it was adopted by the Trump administration and many conservative websites, and applied to any news story that they do not agree with. (Click on thumbnail for link.)
"People Read News On Facebook But They Don’t Really Trust It, A Survey Found"
A BuzzFeed article by Craig Silverman. It's something of an update to his November 16, 2016 piece titled "How Fake Election News Stories Outperformed Real News On Facebook," and suggests that while many people use Facebook as a news source, most do not trust it. This, in turn, could mean that the initial concerns about the influence of "fake news" may have been overblown. (Click on thumbnail for link.)
"Fake News Is About to Get Even Scarier than You Ever Dreamed"
An article from Vanity Fair magazine's "Hive" website, by Nick Bilton. It examines a new technique called " Real-time Face Capture and Reenactment of RGB Videos" that allows an individual to change the facial expressions and movements of another person in a video, all in real time. Obviously, the implications for "fake news" are substantial. (Click on thumbnail for link.)
"How the Federal Trade Commission Could (Maybe) Crack Down on Fake News"
A Washington Post article that suggests that "fake news" could potentially be regulated as a "product" by the Federal Trade Commission.
"Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election"
A scholarly article by economists Hunt Allcott of New York University and Matthew Gentzkow of Stanford University. In this study the authors argue that the influence of fake news -- at least stories distributed via social media -- might be much less than previously thought. (Click on thumbnail for link.)
"Stop Calling Everything 'Fake News'"
A piece by Slate.com's technology writer Will Oremus, in which he suggests that "fake news" is not a single issue but actually several individual problems that each require a unique solution. (Click on thumbnail for link.)
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