Readers read, viewers watch and players do. That level of engagement gives games real power to influence people both within and outside the play itself.
It's election time and all the political parties are locked in a social media battle. But does it help inform political debate or just cause even more confusion?
The president has fled the country. An activist has died in jail. A military coup is afoot. Fake news is dividing Venezuelans, making a peaceful end to its profound crisis ever less likely.
Social media is a huge channel for false information. News organisations need to wean themselves off it.
The internet is changing how urban legends are spread – and helping to create new ones.
Beneath simple labels like post-truth, alternative facts and fake news is a complex set of issues. Any debate about the problems needs to start from some common points of reference.
Does science have an answer to science denial? Just as being vaccinated protects you from a later full-blown infection, a bit of misinformation explained could help ward off other cases down the road.
Concerns over filter bubbles and fake news are often based on anecdotal evidence. There is relatively little systematic research on the topic; a new survey finds widespread fears are unwarranted.
A century-old case of scientific fraud illustrates how hard it is to untangle the truth when access to new discoveries is limited.
As Solzhenitsyn saw it, simple truths are always a threat to totalitarianism.
Facebook has a new, depressingly incompetent strategy for tackling fake news.
Wikipedia has earned our trust. Now its founder proposes an innovative assault on fake news with Wikitribune.
Fake news has been used in the past to feed into people's fears and prejudices. A particularly poignant story from 1913 relates to the wrongful conviction of an innocent man named Leo Frank.
The growth of new, vibrant, independent media sites and projects in South Africa have challenged conceptions of what a newsroom is. On limited budgets, some even fare better than mainstream media.
Algorithms can't sort out the truth from the dross. People must become more social media savvy.
Theodor Fontane was a German newspaper's England correspondent – who reported 'from' London without leaving his Berlin desk.
Why do some people fall for the lamest April Fool's pranks and others see straight through them?
From mistrust in experts to fake news, it has never been more important for scientists to talk directly to the public.
On Q&A, government minister Zed Seselja remarked that surveys showed confidence in media has fallen globally. In Australia, he said, it has dropped lower than in the US. Is he right?
It nurtures empathy and rational thought.