Everyone seems all ‘a-Twitter’ about Fake News these days.  President Trump and the Press can’t seem to live one day without using the term.  The former to attack, and the latter to defend their credibility.  Is Fake News a phenomenon of the 21st Century or has it always been around, lurking in the background?  What is Fake News?  Let’s turn to Merriam-Webster (defining the American-English language since 1828) for a definition of the words.

 

Fake (noun):

One that is not what it is purports to be; such as a worthless imitation passed off as genuine.

Impostor, Charlatan.

A simulated movement in a sports contest designed to deceive an opponent.

A device or apparatus used by a magician to achieve the illusion of magic in a trick.

 

News (noun, plural in form but singular in construction, often attributive):

A report of recent events.

Previously unknown information.

Something having a specified influence or effect.

Material reported in a newspaper, news periodical, or on a newscast or radio.

 

What’s interesting to note about the definitions is that Fake can be perceived as good or bad; and News has no mention of truth.  We can extrapolate from the definitions that the term Fake News is one of the following:  a) propaganda, b) competitive, c) entertaining, OR d) a combination of the three.  Naturally, the internet is swamped with what people deem newsworthy events and information.  Cable is next in line on the band wagon.  Over-the-air television and the printed press (yes they’re still out there) aren’t ignoring the issue either.  The following are a few ‘headlines’ pulled from the internet.  Can you spot the Fake News?

 

DR’s reveal, “This is what happens when you eat….”

The proper way to place toilet paper on the holder.

10 things not to eat.

Secret of….

Insider information of/on…

Crisis in/of/on…

 

-Till Next Time, Joe GED Reporting!