Black on fake news

David Black

The term “fake news” encompasses five separate problems in public discourse says David Black, associate professor in the School of Communication and Culture. Fake news could be information that challenges prevailing world views, hoaxes, errors and misinformation, deliberate disinformation and systematic changes in culture and how we relate to institutions.

While these issues are nothing new, the internet has given them a platform to play an increasingly more disruptive role.

Here is an excerpt:

“One of the things the media does, and has done for centuries, is to fact check, [and] to introduce a degree of reason and accountability into public discourse. Insofar as the internet comes to replace our legacy media—radio, TV and of course newspaper—that fact checking accountability function begins to disappear.”

Listen to the whole interview.