Fake News

Fake News.jpg

Since the 2016 U.S. election, fake news has become an obsession of legacy media.  Democracy and even basic civility, we are told, now hang by the spindliest of threads. "[Z]ero tolerance is required of the propagation and targeting of falsehoods for commercial, partisan or geopolitical purposes," insists one recent report. A concurrent but apparently unrelated obsession is the total eclipse of the humanities—the disciplines that once gave citizens the tools to critique phenomena like fake news and zero tolerance. The producers of fake news stand demonized, but whither the consumers?