U.S. President Donald Trump’s “scourge of oppressive stupidity” has been in the Oval Office for a year. His assault on higher education is among Trump’s more disturbing penchants.
A demagogue playing the media to legitimise extreme movements and radical right-wing causes? The US has been here before.
Forty years after the apartheid regime clamped down on the free press, South Africa’s media continues to face threats, albeit in more subtle forms than in the past.
As South Africa marks Media Freedom Day, it’s clear that its battle isn’t over. Attacks on journalists continue –through physical intimidation and there’s also the threat of new laws.
Micro-targeted online advertising has destroyed how Americans share experiences and a common knowledge base. The fix for this societal and political problem is as simple now as it was in 1840.
The relationship between corporations, machines and humans defines modern life in ways that Ridley Scott – even in his wildest dreams – couldn’t have imagined.
In politics, alternative facts exist. And they always have.
Intuition is just one of many factors that shape what you believe.
As hurricanes terrorise large parts of the world, many are trying to make mileage out of their destruction.
How, why and when do people lie – and what happens as a result?
While specific stories from RT don’t reach many people, they change the mainstream media’s behaviour.
Fake news has intruded on every aspect of life. Audiences need to counter its appeal, as the media alone is incapable of debunking false information.
Thoreau spent his life pursuing the ‘hard bottom’ of truth. But he confronted a sensationalist newspaper industry that, in many ways, mimicked today’s media environment.
Pamphlets, songs and posters were the 17th-century equivalent of social media and just as effective at spreading falsehoods.
News consumers don’t often believe fake news. But it’s nonetheless critical that they learn to gauge the legitimacy of news sources and become aware of their own biases.
With the rise of fake news and its threat to the public good, the time has come to regulate journalists as we do doctors, dentists and lawyers.
Licensing journalists would be difficult to do, and the rules would be tough to enforce – and wouldn’t prevent anyone with a smart phone from disseminating false information online.
Documentaries are vital vehicles for explaining the world.
Reports of facts’ death have been greatly exaggerated. Effective communication jettisons the false dilemma in favor of a more holistic view of how people take in new information on contentious topics.
We must have open conversations with kids so they’re able to identify reliable news online.