Fake News Now Indistinguishable From 'Real News'

Written by Monkey Woods

Thursday, 6 June 2019

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Don't believe - or not believe - everything you read

Fake News, in the sense made famous by the US president, Donald Trump, is to replace 'real news', or 'actual news', whatever that is.

Confusion has arisen, over the past few months, as to what the different forms of news are, and to where the boundaries of each of them extend.

The two forms of news have become so similar, they are now indistinguishable.

As things currently stand, what used to be known as 'fake news' - the ridiculous - is now almost 'everyday', and what used to be 'everyday', has become the fantastic, the unbelievable - in short, the ridiculous.

Nobody now knows whether what they are reading is true or not, or somewhere 'in-between'. It could easily be the case that a 'real news' story has been changed by adding one crucially 'fake' detail, or that a 'fake' news story contains a single crucially true fact, which will have the effect of making the whole thing sound 'real'. It's a minefield!

Even the weather reports, sports results and TV listings - normally reliable and 'unfakeable' information - are now looking suspiciously fake.

Experts predict that a time is approaching - if it hasn't already arrived - when people will not know whether or not to believe what they are reading, or what they have been told, and will regularly make mistakes when deciding.

Things have got so bad, in fact, that even this story you are reading, might not have been completely 'above board'.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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