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BOOK REVIEW | Fake news

Radhika Oberoi 

The title of Rob Brotherton’s new book, Bad News: Why We Fall for Fake News, published this year in May, suggests a timeliness, and an implicit understanding of this human failing.

Mr Brotherton plunges into a historically renowned example of fake news, in the very first line of the first chapter of the book: “Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt our program of dance music to bring you a special bulletin from the Intercontinental Radio News.” The special news bulletin on Sunday, October 30, 1938, was about tentacled extraterrestrials landing on earth, around 20 miles ...

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First Published: Thu, July 30 2020. 00:06 IST
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