A War of Words

Politics, propaganda and censorship during the Civil Wars. 

Parliamentary propaganda of Cavalier cruelty, woodcut, 1644 © Bridgeman Images.

The line ‘a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes’ seems more apt than ever before in today’s world of mass media. ‘Fake news’ has become a term used to describe the creation and spread of false information to deceive, for the purposes of causing harm or facilitating personal, political or financial gain. There is no clear definition of the term, although various types of information are included under this heading: fabricated, manipulated and misleading information, satire, parody and false context of connection; for example, when a headline of an article does not reflect the content. 

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