Fake News and Fictional News

Jessica Pepp, Rachel Sterken, Eliot Michaelson

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A difficulty in combating fake news is that it is not entirely clear what fake news is. This chapter provides an overview of recent definitions, questioning the essential role they assign to the beliefs of fake news consumers. We offer an alternative definition, which raises questions about how fake news is to be distinguished from fictional news (e.g., news satire or parody). We propose that the categories of fake news and fictional news in fact overlap, although works of fictional news are members of artistic genres while works that are merely fake news are not.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Fiction and Belief
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781000993271
ISBN (Print)9780367635152
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


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