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Fake news is like a zombie: It wants to eat your brain

ASU Cronkite professor: Mistakes don’t equal fake news

July 6, 2017

Innovation Chief Eric Newton on the danger of fake news and the need for the public to become more news literate

“Fake news, on the other hand, is like a zombie: It wants to eat your brain”.

People should be able to tell the difference between a paper cut and a monster.

“Today, through the internet, search engines and social media, fake news can spread around the world in seconds”.

Anyone can create it. Everyone can share it. Journalists by themselves can’t stop it. In the 21st century, we need new forms of literacy — digital literacy, media literacy, news literacy and civics literacy — to fight back.

“When an entire society operates under a delusion, millions of people can die”.

Q: What’s a quick and easy gauge for the public to use when deciphering what’s a legitimate news source and what’s not?

“Until we have a news-savvy nation, we’ll never be all we can be”.

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