Discussion about fake news and the spread of disinformation is often very technology-centric, with the human element receiving short shrift. As Molly McKew argues in Wired, however, the powerful impact of right-wing conspiracy theories on American politics in recent years is not due to bots and trolls alone. Her compelling essay explains how seemingly outlandish conspiracy theories manage to gain traction among millions of Americans, and how a group of well-organized fringe activists has succeeded in captivating the political discourse.
In this summary, you will learn
- What the “Gamergate” controversy has in common with the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation and
- How right-wing fringe activists have managed to exert a powerful influence on US politics.
About the Author
Molly McKew is a foreign policy and strategy consultant, and an expert on information warfare.