Category Archives: MA Media Theory & Practice (in progress)

Could common ‘fake news’ be traditional media’s canary in the coal mine?

When referring to “fake news”, there is a strong argument for stopping using the label “news” at all given the implied endorsement the word gives the content. However, instead of closing ranks and distancing themselves from the phenomenon, traditional media could interrogate the content of common or garden “fake news” to find out why it so often appeals to readers.