Chiara Bertolin


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Fake news has never been harmless: it bends reality, altering our ideas and choices. Through a strong image and bright colours, I meant to highlight the threat of fake news: it is like a bombshell! The outline of the bombshell is in pixels to remind us that, nowadays, social networks and the Internet are the most fertile ground for fake news; in fact the digital era we are experiencing has boosted it thanks to its ease and speed of dissemination. On the one hand anyone can create fake news, but on the other hand each of us should try to defuse and limit its circulation. We are always under attack, but all is not lost.
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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?


Defuse the fake news

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