When 60 Minutes did their special on “Fake News” this past weekend, they highlighted what should be called fake news, and what we should all be concerned about as an actual concept. Literally mythical, made-up-out-of-thin-air stories like Hillary Clinton has Parkinson’s Disease or Donald Trump was dropping out of the race which circulated last fall. These are supposedly generated at mills either targeted at the US from foreign intervention or by money-grabbers in the U.S. looking for clicks. They showed on 60 Minutes how the Russians could generate bots that drove their stories to the top of Google and Facebook.
I believe this is where most of it comes from. Then, arguments ensue about the veracity of the claims, just as the generators of the essentially propaganda want people to do. I think this needs to be talked about as something being done to us by people in an act of war.