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Author McBrayer, Justin P., author

Title Beyond fake news : finding the truth in a world of misinformation / Justin P. McBrayer
Published New York ; London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2021


Description 1 online resource (xix, 228 pages) : illustrations
Contents Part I. The misinformation market. Informational litter -- It's the economy, stupid : the supply side of the misinformation market -- Ignorance is bliss : the demand side of the misinformation market -- Part II. Why we fall for misinformation. Big and little questions -- Intellectual blind spots -- Part III. How we can do better. Building a bridge -- Trusting others -- Finding the truth -- Cleaning up
Summary "The world is swimming in misinformation. Conflicting messages bombard us every day with news on everything from politics and world events to investments and alternative health. The daily paper, nightly news, websites, and social media each compete for our attention and each often insist on a different version of the facts. Inevitably, we have questions: Who is telling the truth? How would we know? How did we get here? What can we do? Beyond Fake News answers these and other queries. It offers a technological and market-based explanation for how our informational environment became so polluted. It shows how purveyors of news often have incentives to mislead us, and how consumers of information often have incentives to be misled. And it chronicles how, as technology improves and the regulatory burdens drop, our information-scape becomes ever more littered with misinformation. Beyond Fake News argues that even when we really want the truth, our minds are built in such a way so as to be incapable of grasping many facts and blind spots mar our view of the world. But we can do better, both as individuals and as a society. As individuals, we can improve the accuracy of our understanding of the world by knowing who to trust and recognizing our limitations. And as a society, we can take important steps to reduce the quantity and effects of misinformation"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (Site, viewed 01/21/2021)
Subject Fake news -- United States
Disinformation -- United States
Media literacy -- United States
PHILOSOPHY -- General.
Fake news
Media literacy
United States
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020028249
ISBN 9781003039259