Erwann Gauthier


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Une information vérolée ! Vérolé est un mot employé pour qualifier la présence d'un virus dans un ordinateur. On parle également de ver pour désigner une intrusion dans un système informatique d’où l’idée de jouer sur ce glissement (distorsion) faussé de l’information (WORM -WORD) afin d’avertir sur la véracité des informations. A piece of information that's out of date! Virus is a word used to qualify the presence of a virus in a computer. It is also called a worm to designate an intrusion into a computer system, hence the idea of playing on this distorted information shift (distortion) (WORM -WORD) in order to warn about the veracity of the information.
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Fake news might feel like a recent development that has only come to prominence since the election of one politician who shall not be named, but the practice of spreading rumours and misinformation is as old as the printed word.

People have always twisted the truth, or simply told lies, to get what they want (or change the world). But now we have the ability to share information faster and wider than ever before. It used to be only a few media outlets or government sources that could shape public thought, but now everyone can.

And unlike the media or government, none of us are held accountable for what we post. As there are few laws or fines that can be thrown at us for posting lies, there is no incentive to act responsibly in the public sphere. Get likes (or votes) first, worry about potential consequences later. If the self-styled leader of the free world can’t be held to account for regularly tweeting and spreading blatant untruths, then what stops everybody else from doing the same?




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