What is fake news?

Versus 2 (127):207-227 (2018)
Authors
Romy Jaster
Humboldt-University, Berlin
David Lanius
Karlsruhe Institute Of Technology
Abstract
Recently, the term «fake news» has become ubiquitous in political and public discourse and the media. Despite its omnipresence, however, it is anything but clear what fake news is. An adequate and comprehensive definition of fake news is called for. We take steps towards this goal by providing a systematic account of fake news that makes the phenomenon tangible, rehabilitates the use of the term, and helps us to set fake news apart from related phenomena. (You can email us for a penultimate draft of this paper.)
Keywords Fake News  Conceptual Analysis  Truth  Truthfulness  Bullshit
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