Post-truth, the word of the year 2016 in Oxford Dictionary, reflects “denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”. Truthiness, originated from The Cohort Report, refers to “the quality of seeming or being felt to be true, even if not necessarily true.” Are we living in a world full of fake information? How far are we from the truth?
This project revolves around fake news, discusses the differences between distorted/ dishonest misinformation and blatantly deceptive news, and investigates language features of dishonest political news articles from the psychological aspects. In everyday life, people often lie to self-enhance and seek material rewards. Drawing on general language patterns of deception in everyday life, this project seek to answer research questions about what language patterns can provide us with deceptive clues of fake news.