Defeating fake news will be a generational struggle
Fake news is a new phrase, not a new idea. Democratic and authoritarian governments alike have been waging disinformation campaigns since the invention of the printing press. We can take some encouragement from these precedents if we learn lessons from history in training the public to spot media falsifications. But the era of social media represents a paradigm shift in political communication. Fake news has profoundly troubling implications for how online information can be manipulated to pollute evidence-based claims and undermine the very concept of truth.