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The protocols of Donald J. Trump, a paradox of social mediaIt is an odd quirk in the history of logic that the blameless Cretans should have given their name to the famous "liar paradox". Something similar can be said of U.S. President Donald Trump: Even when he's telling the truth, many assume he is lying – and thus being true to himself. The attention being paid to fake information today arises from the hugely expanded speed with which digitally manufactured information travels around the world. In the past, one had to be able to hoodwink more or less reputable news outlets to plant fake stories. Will the unprecedented ease of access to information liberate people from thought control, or will it strengthen it to such an extent that democracy simply drowns in a sea of manipulation?Information has to be structured to become knowledge.Left-wing populists, like Jeremy Corbyn in the U.K., Bernie Sanders in the U.S., and Jean-Luc Melenchon in France, received a significant boost from social media's ability to bypass traditional news outlets.Will that be sufficient to counter the massive increase in the ability to spread fake information?
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