Baird Howland reflects upon his ongoing research on news consumption and misinformation in “Something’s in the Water,” published in The Commonplace. He notes that the picture emerging from his research contradicts the conventional wisdom of Americans drowning in fringe, polarizing online news. Rather, Baird sees his work as evidence that whatever plagues our democracy cannot be understood by obsessing over a single social media platform or a single category of misinformation.

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