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Why you are here

Post-truth, fact-checking and fake news: these are just some of the words that are giving direction of our modern time.
But what do they mean?
Do we really have to know what they means or can do without it?
Do they really change the way in which we inform daily nowadays and the way we trust each other?
Is it useful spend our life times to understand what they means or they are just simple short-lived phenomena of this historical period?

To these and others question we’ll try to answer, together with your comments, weekly discovering what’s upping in the news word.
Every blogs will make us more able to unravel these concepts, starting from this one.

So, let’s start!

What’s a fake news?
More or less, it looks like this:
(Here you can find more information about this story)

Why are we talking about Post-truth?
According to the Oxford Dictionary, which declared it the Word of the Year 2016, post-truth is

an adjective defined as relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief

During 2016 its usage exploded by 2,000%, based on their ongoing monitoring  of how people are using English.
Before 2016 this word was probably more useless than mischance or worrit.
As you can image Oxford dictionary’s choice was influenced by the electoral victories of Brexit in United Kindom and Donald Trump in the United States.
Infact both these results are examples of how influencing can be the circulation of false information (fake news) and the complete lack of “fact-checking” by voters, that is to verify the truthfulness of the information.
We have seen that fake news on money spent by Britain for Europe (verifiable data) has moved in part the Brexit.
We have seen that it’s possible to question the place of birth of a US citizen (verifiavle data) and influence the election of the US president.

What’s “fact-checking”?
In the words of the Cambridge dictionary fact-chech is:

to check that all the facts in a piece of writing, a news article, a speech , etc. are correct

Fact-checking is the field in which we separate news from views, facts from opinions.
At the moment it is a trendic topic because it’s  really connected to the future of journalism.

No one knows how it will be in the future, but several newspapers in recent years have decided to dedicate – a part of or all- their time to do a good fact checking

Since ten years everyday Politifac  evaluates the accuracy of declarations by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics.
In 2008 the american website won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for the presidential elections. analyses the major claims of politicians with a “Truth-O-Meter” and it classifies them from “True” to Pants on fire”.

Also Channel4The Guardian and other british newspapers are focused on fact-checking but we will will return on the subject more accurately in the next blogs here on thebufalas.



22 years old, SSU Journalism (exchange) student

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