Fake Is Free

As my students often remind me, news tends to be behind paywalls, while fake news is free.

(Laura Spinney, “Epidemics expert Jonathan Quick: ‘The worst-case scenario for coronavirus is likely,’” theguardian.com, 3-1-20)

(c) 2020 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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2 Responses to Fake Is Free

  1. Eric Wayne says:

    One only needs to know anything about how the novel coronavirus has come to spread globally to see that “news tends to be behind paywalls, while fake news is free” is highly up for debate. Payed-for news is a business, which quite likely puts business interests, and its connections with powerful contributors before delivering unbiased, and otherwise objective reporting. News providers are now able to see in real time which stories get the most clicks and shares, and thus cater their content to what the market wants to read or watch. The end result is inevitably complicated by telling people what they want to hear, much of which, ironically enough, is that which will outrage them.

    I’ve found that the only way I can hope to get unbiased information is from looking at opposing news sources, and looking at debates. I consistently find that left and right leaning new sources, which is virtually all of them, leave out the inconvenient details that don’t support the narrative they are pushing. Conservative sources will consistently foster climate change denial, and liberal ones will cram identity politics down ones throat, for example.

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    • JMN says:

      Yes, it’s prudent to be contrariwise and agree with disagreement. More than one thing is most often the case, and also not the case. Pith robed in dictum courts rebuttal like junebugs court ducks. So sayeth the laird and gainsayeth the kirk.


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