The effect of fake news is mitigated by the users’ growing immunity and by the growing noise that diminishes fake news’ impact. Polarization has no restrictions, only stimuli, both on social media and in the news media. DHS Standing Up Disinformation Governance Board might hit the wrong target.
Decline of newspapers
The decline in the media business caused by the internet has not distorted the picture of the world in the media. It has distorted the habitual distortion.
The new function of the media is a semblance of notary service. After that, a disturbing event “comes into effect” as disturbing for certain reasons. Basically, the news media are now needed to explain exactly how outrageous an outrageous event is.
With the limited access to authorship in the predigital eras, the linear and structured written narrative fostered “long-range” rationality. Non-literate media, starting with radio, TV and now the internet, favour “short-sighted” emotionality.
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