Monday, January 9, 2017

Democracy is in crisis, but blaming fake news is not the answer | Evgeny Morozov | Opinion | The Guardian

Democracy is in crisis, but blaming fake news is not the answer | Evgeny Morozov | Opinion | The Guardian: Democracy is drowning in fake news. This is the latest reassuring conclusion drawn by those on the losing side of 2016, from Brexit to the US elections to the Italian referendum.

Apparently, all these earnest, honest and unfashionably rational grownups are losing elections because of a dangerous epidemic of fake news, internet memes and funny YouTube videos. For this crowd, the problem is not that the Titanic of democratic capitalism is sailing in dangerous waters; its potential sinking can never be discussed in polite society anyway. Rather, it’s that there are far too many false reports about giant icebergs on the horizon.

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