Wednesday, March 21, 2018

#80 / Fake News Travels Fast

According to an article in New Scientist, "Fake news travels six times faster than the truth on Twitter."

The New York Times has also addressed this phenomenon. The Times ran an article on Friday, March 9, 2018, titled, "Why We're Easily Seduced by False News." According to the research discussed in the article in The Times, "people prefer false news."

I get it! Usually, it's a lot more interesting!

So, what are we supposed to do about this "fake news" problem? Farhad Manjoo, who writes regularly for The Times, made what I consider to be a very good suggestion. His article that ran on March 8, 2018. Manjoo proposes that we should be trying to get "Yesterday's News Today." In other words, get your news from "hard copy" sources (like printed newspapers). That does happen to be the way I get most of my news - from the five printed newspapers I read each morning, and then from the many magazines to which I subscribe.

Your news should be "inky," says Manjoo, if you want it to be more accurate than what you'll likely read on your screen.

Check out Manjoo's pitch. I think he's got a point!

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