In its early days the internet promised easy access to loads of information and communications with others all over the world to ensure people were “more informed, less bigoted and kinder citizens”. Instead it has become an “overwhelming mess of competing facts, claims, blogs, data, propaganda, misinformation, investigative journalism, charts, different charts, commentary and reportage”.
The rules about news broadcasts and political statements on television, for example disclosing who is paying for them, do not apply on the internet. Fake stories are either aimed at making money by being click bait for advertisers or for political advantage.
“Donald Trump might very well be the first truly social-media politician: his emotion-filled, simplistic blasts are perfect for the medium.”
© 2017 Sharon Beder