Hello and welcome to show 259 of our podcast “Absolutely Intercultural”. Today’s show is about the culture of “fake news”. Is this really a new phenomenon? Did you grow up believing in Father Christmas or were you the critically thinking 5-year-old who pointed out that the house did not even have a chimney? Well, in today’s episode, we interview students from three different cultures about their experiences of fake news and how they personally define it and live with fake news.
In our first part, Natalia Obikhod from Ukraine, claims that fake news, even with the best intentions, is still a lie and as such, should not be acceptable.
In our second part, Saba Vashklevichi suggests that deep down we probably really enjoy the entertainment of fake news in the media.
In our last category, Dong Hui Kim from South-Korea explains how the internet has democratized publishing, which means our culture now allows everybody to spread their news – real or of fake.
Interestingly, none of our guests claimed that fake news is a new phenomenon, apparently, only the term is new but we have all been exposed to stories, which were meant to change our behaviour (but turned out to be untrue in the end). Can you spot the fake news in today’s show? If you send us the correct answer, you can win a brand-new private aeroplane. Spoiler-alarm: this promise is probably fake news and does not sound plausible to me. Perhaps we just want you to listen to this episode very closely and use your critical thinking?
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A special thanks to our editors for this show, Giorgi Sulaberidze, Alina Vor and Natalia Obikhod.
Our next show is coming to you on March 5 – and I assure you, this is absolutely true!
Until then – practice your critical thinking – and
Bleiben Sie absolut interkulturell!
The host of this show is: Dr. Laurent Borgmann
Chief Editor: Giorgi Sulaberidze
Assistant Editors: Alina Vor and Natalia Obikhod