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Good Luck Banning Fake News - Here's Why It's Unlikely to Happen

Society & Culture  (tags: world, news, information, fake news, internet, media, free speech, discussion, truth, John Stuart Mill, discovery )

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One of the underlying justifications for free speech was put forward by the great liberal thinker John Stuart Mill. He argued convincingly more than 150 years ago that unrestricted discussion helps the discovery of truth. Interesting analysis - complex!


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Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 2:56 am

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 2:59 am
"Fake news is nothing new – there have probably always been news reports that were deliberately inaccurate. But it was arguably rarer in the days before the internet because it tended to be prevented by media regulators, defamation law and newsroom editorial controls."

I'm not entirely sure the author is correct! I suspect that in the past we have remained largely unaware of some of the fake news fed us for political/power/ influence purposes! Whereas now - with a will and an effort, we can dig out different perspectives, think them through, analyse & come to our own conclusions.

Or, of course, we can just revert to internet sources that will support our personal preferred mindset ... and repeat their versions without bothering to verify what is fake/ manipulative and what is not ...

Nowadays, it's up to individuals to take responsibility for their own role in how news circulates ...

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 5:03 am
The paradox and irony of "Fake News" is that it's been with us for a long time, largely unchallenged, because it's the only news most of us knew. . . . the "Mainstream press/media" machine.

Sharing news article over social media to raise and spread awareness.

Peggy B (43)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 6:16 am
I agree with you, Evelyn.

Leo C (312)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 7:44 am
Thank you for sharing!

Colleen L (3)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 12:04 pm
I too agree with you. Wish tRump's nose was like the one in your photo. His would be endless.Thanks Evelyn

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 12:52 pm
Noted, Thanks

Animae C (507)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 3:18 pm

TY Evelyn

fly bird (26)
Saturday January 27, 2018, 11:18 am
Related - Israel Reveals its Plan to ‘Flood the Internet’ and News Feeds with Propaganda. (Walter's post)
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