Aired: October 12, 2018

The Face of Fake News

A hand holding a smartphone with the Facebook app on the screen. Credit: www.quotecatalog.com

  • Fake News is Nothing New (13 min.)

    With: Elizabeth Losh (William and Mary)

    Fake news wasn’t invented by the Internet. It has long been used as a way to demonize political opponents. Elizabeth Losh says it’s important to look at fake news apart from partisan accusations and recognize that there are fake news stories that appeal to both the left and the right.

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  • Reaching the People (15 min.)

    With: Stephen Farnsworth (University of Mary Washington)

    In his new book, Stephen Farnsworth traces the evolution of White House news management over the two decades from Bill Clinton and cable to Donald Trump and twitter. Farnsworth was named Outstanding Faculty of 2017 by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

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  • Anti-Social Media (14 min.)

    With: Siva Vaidhyanathan (University of Virginia)

    Love it or hate it (more likely a bit of both) Facebook is worth careful scholarly study–particularly in the field of politics. Siva Vaidhyanathan argues that the sins of Facebook are built into the platform itself.

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  • Finding Kale-Eating Conservatives (10 min.)

    With: Jaime Settle (William and Mary)

    Jaime Settle warns that Facebook tricks us into thinking we know more about other people’s politics than we really do. Settle was named Outstanding Faculty of 2017 by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

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