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#2: the fake news is very real
February 18, 2017
By this oxymoron I mean:
- that contemporary (and past) media manipulations and deceptions exist on the internet in increasing numbers and with expanding reach
- these have fomented crises during the recent election and current administration, as well as in the past
- there are and have been lived, material consequences (of serious concern) produced in the confusing wake of this structuring contradiction, including the election of our current President (see #100truths-#fakenews #3 and reading list, below).
- “Triumph of the Will”: Document or Artifice?, by David B. Hinton
“What struck me about the way that Trump supporters view Trump is how similar it is to the ways in which Hitler was also viewed. Leni Riefenstahl was instrumental in creating the spectacle and artifice around Hitler and the Nazi party, and the ways that Trump has uses fake news mirrors some of that (even beyond the similarities of some of his proposed policies).” Recommended by Jennifer Jee Cho, MA Candidate, Cinema & Media Studies, USC
- Framing the Internet in the Arab Revolutions: Myth Meets Modernity, by Miriyam Aouragh
“The attached article supports the idea of needing a more critical citizen engagement with the internet. Something else that this article does in a very understated way is point out that the relationship between the internet and produced fakeness/realness changes based on where/when we are in the world. Your op-ed points out that, in a Western/American context, the internet is our source for producing, consuming, and sharing fake content. But it’s just as important to note that the internet can become a place of very real Western (re)configurations of non-Western narratives, cultures, and social and political structures, effectively acting as a tool for the production of neocolonialism and its real effects.” Recommended by Mary Michael
- My book, F is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth’s Undoing, edited with Jesse Lerner, University of Minnesota Press, 2006.
- #100hardtruths-#fakenews: a primer on digital media literacy
To see a poetic response to this hardtruth:truTh or On the impossible quest to a life; a perperson
truTh or On the impossible quest to a life; a perperson
Four abreast on a three-spine path.
From the mud redirection comes
Expectations for conceptions
For this data webbed packet territory.
the unit of now is shared in itself,
And our digital gravity
Pulls us to the dislocation.
the path-link to tomorrow never ends.
Poster on a post: equally unread
If full or blank. though this blank is lit and
Blinking small verticality –
Soon filled, now, by boxes rather than blots.
Disseminated feigned impotence of
Influence; misdirection of meaning-
Place. the upturned table may be righted,
But take away a leg? then what? What then?
take away a leg
And they’ll want it to work as normal.
Legless will have always been the way.
So cord the whip
I could do nothing.
I could be nothing.
Not-I becoming virtual
By William Shier
This poem is a response to hardtruth #2:#2: the fake news is very real