I’m not on Facebook. There are many reason’s why, but in an excellent article discussing the role of the media in the recent U.S. election Joshua Benton of NiemanLab expresses one of my misgivings very succinctly …
Facebook has become a sewer of misinformation … Facebook has built a platform for the active dispersal of these lies — in part because these lies travel really, really well.
Our world has rolled from “post-modern” to “post-factual”, and Facebook is one of the biggest wheels in the grubby machine that profits from lies and misinformation.
So it’s not just me imagining a void of veracity… less than 24 hours after posting this blog article, Oxford Dictionaries announce that their Word of the Year for 2016 is “post-truth”.
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