“Fake news” has been addressed by multiple academics, blogs, journalists, and politicians, namely in terms of lists and “how to detect it” guides. However, these guides are a bit lacking without illustrative examples, and fake news listings seem to miss quite a number of frequently-shared websites. Fake News Almanac hopes to at least partly make up for these needs, serving as a compendium of fake news websites. This includes categorizing the types of fake news and sites, showing what these look like, and updating on the status of these sites.
For the most part, this is largely a personal blog in my own adventures towards improving my own media literacy.
Who is the Almanacker?
I’m just a dilettante of journalism. I know it’s a bit hypocritical of me to point out how these fake news sites don’t mention any authors while I hide behind a pseudonym, but I don’t want people I know to find out I actually do other things besides video games in my spare time.
I’m a United States-an, but I’ll try to compensate for regional/national biases. Also, I have a bit of a science background, and try to be precise with my language (even if that language includes made-up-but-should-totally-exist words). If I get things wrong – including and especially word meaning and usage – please let me know. Unless it’s to correct me about my use of the “-” or “–” instead of the em-dash. Yes, I know. No, I’m not going to fix it.
Edit 14 September 2017: Added the part where I note this is partly a personal blog, after reflecting on the topics I will eventually discuss and the style of writing that has dominated my posts thus far.