Fake News: Negotiating Politics and Society in a Post-Truth World
Once the province of supermarket tabloids, intentionally false news is having a big cultural moment -- or possibly something more dangerous and permanent -- in today's hyper-partisan world. Not coincidentally, Oxford Dictionaries chose "post-truth" as its 2016 Word of the Year. Our panel examines the consequences of living in an age of politicized truth, "alternative facts" and selective reality.
Is fake news a healthy challenge or existential threat to traditional news organizations?
What role should Facebook and Google -- two giant media portals -- have in solving this?
Bogus information has always been with us, so why is the culture embracing it so readily now?