The #SexStrike wasn't real. Why was there so much coverage?

May 15 at 6:51 PMIn Aristophanes’s play “Lysistrata,” the eponymous ancient Greek heroine convenes women from across the Hellenistic world to forswear sex until such time as their husbands agree to end the Peloponnesian War.

The humor was apparently lost on some, including television star Alyssa Milano, who tweeted Friday that she was “calling for a #SexStrike” in response to a new antiabortion law passed in Georgia.

In short, while some items of fake news become such because credulous people accidentally buy into intentionally fabricated stories posted online, others achieve fake-news status because it behooves certain media and political actors to pretend they are real, even if they aren’t.

It’s easier — and a sight more entertaining — to argue about whether starlets ought to be indulging in intercourse than to attend to the ethical questions surrounding spending tax money to criminally investigate miscarriages .

All this ink and no sign of a genuine sex strike in sight: To trust the general bent of Twitter conversation about the suggestion, Milano’s proposal may have put more love in the air than anything else.

The entire ordeal demonstrates little more than the fact that fake news isn’t simply the province of misinformation or crossed wires, but also it’s a realm of intentional inflation of minor phenomena for reasons that are much more rational and much less innocent than Grandma getting fooled by an outlandish Facebook headline.

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