Fake news, artificial intelligence and data visualisation

Truth has been under pressure for the whole history of the World Wide Web, but it seems to have finally collapsed with Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States of America. After a series of minor experiments in which consumers of media became producers (think about Bertolt Brecht’s “Radio as a Means of Communication”, Bologna’s Radio Alice, public‑access television, zine culture, etc.), people have had not only read‑access but write‑access to the internet, through websites, mailing lists, chats. If these were once only marginal media, they have become indisputably dominant over the past ten years as major platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have completely eclipsed traditional media, which have themselves become mere content producers among many for the platforms.

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