But what can we do about it? Ridicule them! The link leads to a subreddit which specializes in unfair mod action, but that’s irrelevant. What’s relevant is the upvote count and the traffic I’ve received:
I got more upvotes and traffic from the post that ridiculed the fake news lover morons than I could ever get from my statistics posts being treated fairly. Why? For the exact reason why fake news spreads: social people love to see themselves right and superior and reading about idiots who eat fake news make them feel better than them.
The way of defeating fake news is simply that: ridicule it and its consumers to another group of people. Please note that there is no distinction between groups, there is no “fake news eaters” and “smart people”. Group A eats A-type fake news and can be ridiculed to Group B at the same time while B is ridiculed for eating B-type fake news. With political example: at the same time you can make videos about evangelicals supporting fake Bible quotes and make videos about liberals being outraged over “racist” Trump quotes that are actually 2008 Obama quotes.
This is how my blog operated at the start, before I got too philosophical. Every day I posted “moron of the day”, ridiculing someone with no gems or blaming gear on mechanics fail or some other failure in World of Warcraft. People loved my blog back then and I had no clue why. I need to find a way back to this: making fun of morons and slackers.
By the way, this is happening in politics too. The coat of Melania is an awesome example and “womp womp” is an internet meme already. Or that the countless people who shout “you are fake news” into on-air reporting of various news outlets. The 1984-scenario is losing. (For more irony, this tweet is next to an apology for spreading fake news)