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A war was started over fake news. Granted, what we now call ‘fake news’ was called ‘yellow journalism’ back in the 1890’s—and the Spanish-American War cannot be laid solely at the feet of media muckrakers. But following the explosion of a U.S. Navy battleship off the...
From an early age, we hear phrases like, “ There’s no such thing as a free lunch ,” “Free comes at a price” and “Nothing is free.” These sayings capture the truth that there are few things in life that are truly given at no cost—there are usually strings...
The term “fake news” is the new normal in today’s landscape, but decisions that fall flat based on poor quality or missing information are nothing new in the business world. While some professionals have a nose for sniffing out details that may not prove to be valid, it can be challenging...
Newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent or important events.
Have you ever shared a story of the latest ‘news’ that you heard from a friend, saw in a grocery store check-out line or spotted on social media? Let’s face it: We’ve...
Living in a “Post-Truth” World
The era of “post-truth” is on the rise. An adjective meaning “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”, post-truth was...
Last fall, Gallup announced that its latest polling data revealed a significant decline in the public's trust of media. The 8 percent drop brings the number of people with either a 'great deal' or a 'fair amount' of confidence in mass media to only 32 percent. This is the lowest result...
It’s not unheard of for TV shows—like Saturday Night Live—or parody news sites—like The Onion—to bend the latest headlines to their will for the sake of comedy. But recently, headlines have trumpeted a disturbing trend: the rise of deliberately misleading or even entirely...