For about two years now we have been dealing with what is fondly termed as “Fake News”….in reality it has been around for centuries and in the past it was called propaganda….but today “Fake News” is used instead for it plays better in the political climate that has festered in the near present…..
Since I do a lot of research I am always finding reports/articles on what we are calling “Fake News” and since it is such a dominant subject these days I try to share these articles with my readers…..and as you would think I ran across another one…..
We live, we’re told, in a post-truth era. The internet has hyped up postmodern relativism, and created a kind of gullible cynicism – “nothing is true, and who cares anyway?” But the thing that exploits this mindset is what the Russians call dezinformatsiya. Disinformation – strategic deceit – isn’t new, of course. It has played a part in the battle that has raged between mass democracy and its enemies since at least the First World War.
Letting ordinary people pick governments depends on shared trust in information, and this is vulnerable to attack – not just by politicians who want to manipulate democracy, but by those on the extremes who want to destroy it. In 1924, the first Labour government faced an election. With four days to go, the Daily Mail published a secret letter in which the leading Bolshevik Grigory Zinoviev heralded the government’s treaties with the Soviets as a way to help recruit British workers for Leninism. Labour’s vote actually went up, but the Liberal share collapsed, and the Conservatives returned to power.
This also helps me to teach my readers a little history that they would otherwise not be exposed to in their normal day to day lives.
So I have but one thing left to say……Class Dismissed!