“On the left if you’re consuming fake news you’re 34 times more likely than the general population to be a college graduate,” says Green.
If you’re on the right, he says, you’re 18 times more likely than the general population to to be in the top 20 percent of income earners.
And the study revealed another disturbing trend: the more you consume fake news, the more likely you are to vote. It’s “fascinating and frightening at the same time,” says Green.
This is consistent with the late Jacques Ellul’s observation that the highly educated are more susceptible to propaganda messaging than the less educated, and are more likely to tell others. (Ellul was a famous French sociologist, philosopher and professor during the latter 20th century).
An easy way to stop fake news sharing in its tracks is – surprise! – Do not share anything! If you did not create it or do not know the background to how it was created, and cannot vouch for its authenticity, then don’t share it!