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by G. Brown

This current presidential administration is constantly ridiculed and lambasted for everything from racism to weekly firings to alternative facts, but one thing you can’t criticize is Trump living up to campaign promises to shake things up.

The only thing that will be more memorable about this administration than the Russia Investigation might be the misspellings and creation of words like “covefefe” and “unpresidented”.  But the crème de la crème is the term”fake news” which Trump claims he created(but he really didn’t).

Trump and the far right use the term to discredit the media and make you wonder if established news outlets like CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, The New York Times, The Washington Post–basically everyone that tells the truth about him can be trusted.  Of course, FOX News is Trump’s favorite because they kiss up to him and that he declares is not “fake news”.

The danger of “fake news” is what we saw happen with Facebook.  Trolls and propagandist can post outright lies and make you think it’s real. In this digital age, you can believe what you read, but now technology is so advanced you can’t even believe your ears all the time.

To prove this point let’s turn to writer/actor/comedian Jordan Peele.  We saw some of his creativity in the Oscar winning movie “Get Out” which he wrote and directed.  If you weren’t a fan of the Comedy Central “Key and Peele” show that launched his career, then you might not know that he does a spot on impersonation of former President Obama.  How good is it? Judge for yourself.

 

Peele, of course, was just goofing around, but it seriously shows how easily we can be duped into believing a lie. AI, technology, cutting edge editing ability like Photoshop, audio programs can make some pretty big lies believable.

So”fake news” can easily be created with the help of fake video and fake audio.  Whether you’re watching the news, a reality show, a movie or a video on Facebook,  best to heed the age old advice of grandparents and parents …’believe half of what you see and none of what you hear’.

 

 

 

 

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