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Deutsche Welle | 01.25.17

Fake news is a red herring

Ethan Zuckerman

D&S advisor Ethan Zuckerman writes about fake news and the bigger problem behind fake news.

The truly disturbing truth is that fake news isn’t the cause of our contemporary political dysfunction. More troublingly, we live in a world where people disagree deeply and fundamentally about how to understand it, even when we share the same set of facts. Solving the problems of fake news make that world slightly easier to navigate, but they don’t scratch the surface of the deeper problems of finding common ground with people with whom we disagree.

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