Dr. Andrea Kitta Takes on Fake News
Andrea Kitta’s article “Alternative Health Websites and Fake News: Taking a Stab at Definition, Genre, and Belief” was just published in a special issue on Fake News in the Journal of American Folklore (JAF). In her essay, Dr. Kitta considers types of fake news, where fake news occurs, and what motivates people to create fake news. She also addresses fake news by looking at alternative health belief sites, including anti-vaccination sites, as precursors to other types of fake news and as a way to understand the intersection of fake news and belief.
JAF is the premier folklore journal in the world and this special issue is based on a series of presentations from last year’s major conference. This group of articles had a quick turn-around time since the topic is so timely.