A critical guide to fake news: from comedy to tragedy

Date Posted: April 11, 2019 Last Updated: April 11, 2019

This article is a critical (not merely descriptive) guide to fake news. It tracks the term’s history, first in American comedy shows, and shifting more recently into a feature of “post-truth” politics, where it is manufactured as a weapon of strategic deception (even geo-political).

Fake news phenomena have considerably dangerous implications for contemporary democracy.