March 26

The current convergence of media and technology has created a unique frontier for news inaccuracy or “fake news”.

Decades ago, the cost of producing a book, periodical or newspaper was left to few groups that could front the cost. With only several main institutions creating print, the accuracy of the material was under a microscope by readers. As a result, generally truthful.

Interestingly, the same tools that allow writers the independence to publish their own books (Kickstarter, Amazon books and blog sites like this one), have created a jungle of articles. With such a huge number of articles, the opportunity to fact check disappears. Linking these with a social media that makes them easily consumable generates a scenario where the majority of the world can read a story without questioning the legitimacy. We are at a frontier in media where no one can unquestionable believe in the truthfulness of any article.

How do we go about confirming what is accurate in an article? If someone were to actively ignore news outlets to avoid inaccurate articles can they still stay away from the flow of media through passive outlets (radio, friends, ubiquitous Facebook)?

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