Fighting Fake News
Fake news—both the accusation and the reality—is not new, nor is it confined to the United States. It has deep roots in the birth of contemporary media and totalitarian propaganda. What we’re seeing today is different because of the technological revolution that has decimated the news business, created new publishing powerhouses, and allowed information and disinformation to cross borders rapidly and at scale. This course examines the history of fake news, the business reasons for its rise today, its international impact, the domestic cultural and political effects, the media’s response, and the future of fake news. How did we get into this crisis and where do our media and politics go from here?
You'll Walk Away with
- A cross-discipline understanding of the current media, political, and international debate
- A rich context for today’s current affairs
- Students seeking insights into the past, present, and future of news, information, and technology
- Independent thinkers interested in cultural and media criticism, business and technology reports, domestic politics, and international affairs