How difficult can it be to separate truth from lies? In the age of misinformation and fake news, when social media can spread rumours at frightening speed, very. To help the public make sense of things, the work of journa- lists is more important than ever. Yet sensationalism, time constraints and competition for clicks have driven media outlets to generate an avalanche of mistakes and misunderstandings. How can we learn to sort the wheat from the chaff?
More than 80 universal topics, including aluminum and vaccines, GMOs, daily plastic use, climate change, autism and pesticides, the impact of polling on election outcomes, our pets’ carbon footprint and the supposed virtues of omega-3s, all controversial subjects that raise many questions. This book takes the time to deconstruct myths and deliver the necessary nuances to set the record straight. Even if it means confronting notions already well formed in the minds of the public and other journalists.
JEAN-FRANÇOIS CLICHE is a journalist and has been a science columnist for the daily newspaper Le Soleil and magazine Québec Science for over ten years. His first book, Science, From Your Base- ment to the Stars, was published with Éditions Multimondes.