ONE OF THE BIG NEWS stories of the year has been the rise of “fake news.” The Oxford Dictionary named “post-truth” the word of the year for 2016. This is because Donald Trump’s election has the media establishment and media consumers reeling. As a candidate, he lied openly and constantly, and he apparently suffered very little in the way of consequences because of it.
We are living in an age of bullshit. Reputable journalism establishments are now competing with small websites with no standards, no ethical principles, and often, no sort of accountability. As a (marginal) member of the media, and as someone who was trained in journalism, I have some perspective that I can offer the average media consumer on how to survive the age of Trump. It’s going to require some work on your part, but believe it or not, there is a way to wade through the bullshit.