Which do you want first, the good news or the fake news?

Did you know that you are more likely to believe the first version of a story you read, even if someone corrects it later? Or that google returns a different answer to the question “is climate change real?” depending on what country you are searching from? If I was the dramatic type (I am), I would say that World War 3 is here and it’s a fight for the very fabric of what is real. So yeah the stakes are pretty small.

How do we recognize disinformation? Who does it benefit? What can we do about it? I have no idea, but here’s some thoughts about politics and propaganda, with some personal essays thrown in.

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