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Note: this will be an in-person event, though our speaker will present virtually via Zoom.
Fake news has marked American journalism since Publick Occurrences hit the streets of Boston in 1690, but an even greater danger is posed by the more recent phenomenon of fake journalism: the exploitation of the outward forms of professionalized journalism in order to lend credibility to falsehood, propaganda, disinformation, and advocacy. As the media have grown ever more massive and ever more deeply entwined in the political system, so has fake journalism, to the point where it has become an essential driver of the political polarization of public life. What happens to democracy when fake journalism looks more and more like truth, and fake truth like journalism?
Professor Andie Tucher, the H. Gordon Garbedian Professor and the director of the Communications PhD Program at the Columbia Journalism School, writes widely on the evolution of conventions of truth-telling in journalism, photography, personal narrative, and other nonfiction forms. Her most recent book is Not Exactly Lying: Fake News and Fake Journalism in American History (2022). She previously worked in documentary production at ABC News and Public Affairs Television, and holds a Ph.D. in American Civilization from New York University.