We’re all familiar with the phrase “fake news,” by now. Since it surfaced during the 2016 election, there have been countless cases of generated “news” posts that slip into social media that are designed to push an agenda, to outrage, or to manipulate public opinion. Journalists, meanwhile, long regarded as the gatekeepers of information, are lately being shown increasing amounts of contempt, suspicion, or worse, in an era where information is already traveling at nearly light speeds across our feeds.
“Gimme Some Truth” is a community conversation about how all of us, from teenagers to seniors, currently receive and interpret news and information. How good are we, really, at detecting false, biased, or harmful dispatches over something as porous to infiltration as Facebook? We may think we’re “informed,” but do we really know who’s informing us?
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