Reality in the age of the Real

Trump thinks fake news is to blame for the collapse of civility in public discourse. And he’s right. It would be easy to yell at Trump for calling the media fake news, or yell at him for blaming the media for the collapse of civil discourse while he stands over the ruins with a smoking hammer. But he has a point. By “the media,” he doesn’t mean the media has a board of directors and works in concert, deliberately fomenting outrage. “Hey, let’s all be really uncivil this week.” “Our mission statement has been revised to emphasize the need to…

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