The year that went by, in fake news
GN Bureau | December 29, 2016
Learned obits were written to Truth in the year that went by. The incredible came to be believed, driven by the logic of several million tweets, retweets and WhatsApp forwards. And ’post-truth’ became the buzzword. It was as if truth had been transcended. As if what mattered was only what people wanted to believe. And the way to make people believe what you want them to believe was to go over-viral – truth having already been damned. The following ’most popular’ fake news items of 2016 will linger long in memory, and perhaps, even in hindsight, we will be left wondering...wasn’t that true?
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