Back in the day, decades before the advent of FB, the prophets among us predicted the Post-Truth era. Consider Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan’s thoughts about the threat of lies and news fakery, shared in a 1963 interview with Studs Terkel. What did you think Dylan meant by when he warned that hard rain that was gonna fall? http://www.poynter.org/2016/bob-dylan-on-lies-and-news-fakery-way-back-in-1963/443058/
In the Post-Truth age countless Minnesotans have joined the chorus of fake news critics. Here are just a few samples of what the people and the media have to say:
- Reed Anfinson, Publisher of the Swift County Monitor-News speaks for many Minnesotans: http://www.swiftcountymonitor.com/articles/2016/11/23/fake-news-problem-informed-citizenry
- Minnesota Pubic Radio has weighed in on Facebook and the MPR website:
- The U of M conducted and reported on campus discourse: http://www.mndaily.com/article/2016/11/u-experts-discuss-trumps-potential-impact-on-the-press
- Also at the U of M, John Coleman, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, contributed an early and thoughtful opinion piece to MinnPost’s Community Voices section – https://www.minnpost.com/community-voices/2016/11/concerned-about-american-democracy-focus-liberal-arts
- The Pi Press sounded the alarm: http://www.twincities.com/2016/11/17/fake-news-is-on-the-rise-can-you-tell-the-difference/
MOST IMPORTANT: In the spirit of Dylan – and Keillor — librarians at the University of Minnesota have had what it takes to get up and do what needs to be done to counter the scourge of fake news. How do we become better citizens of information is an excellent tool for any independent learner hoping to survive in the Post-Truth Era. http://www.continuum.umn.edu/2016/11/become-better-citizens-information/#.WFb7xGVfKJU. Check it out!!!