Katy Steinmetz writes one of the better articles I’ve seen about the challenges we all face in deciding what to believe on the Internet. Her article, “The Real Fake News Crisis,” is in the current (Aug. 20, 2018) issue of Time magazine. If you’re among those concerned about the effect wide-spread untruths can have on the democratic process and believe we don’t want the government in charge of deciding what can or can’t be on the Internet, it’s worth the read.
There are useful insights about how professional fact-checkers detect misinformation on the web and thoughts about how our schools need to “train students to be skeptical without making them cynical.”
“Having a well-informed citizenry,” she writes, “may be, in the big picture, as important to survival as having clean air and water.”
I hope this link will work for you: http://time.com/author/katy-steinmetz/