Sunday, February 12, 2017

Fake News was not invented yesterday

 October 7, 1996 is the day fake news made a giant leap forward; long before the birth of Facebook.  Fox News has created an entire generation of Republicans whom [a] trust no other media and consider anything outside of Breitbart "fake news", and [b] are dumber from watching it.

Yes, social media has magnified the problem; I'm not blind to the "news" I see being shared by my conservative friends and co-workers - most of which are easily debunked with 5 minutes of searching on

But I don't understand what Tim Cook thinks is going to change, here.  People watch Faux News precisely because it is fake.  They believe the brown people get secret welfare, hundreds of Muslims in Peoria are plotting to kill us in our sleep, and President Bannon is going to bring back coal jobs.

All of which are demonstrably false, and yet, they still only consume "news" sources that push these false narratives.

Apple tech can not undo cognitive dissonance.

Apple CEO calls for 'massive campaign' to battle fake news

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