How fake news poisons family gatherings

For many young people, tense family reunions are made even worse by political discussions influenced by conspiracy theories and fake news media.

Ria Gehrerová
Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
Source: Denník N
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In the article recommended below, 22-year-old Kamila explains how, for most of her life, she looked forward to celebrating Christmas with her parents. However, this year, she dreads meeting them. Of late, she has been constantly arguing with her father and mother over stories published online -- stories which they believe, while Kamila doesn't.

For example, her parents are convinced that George Soros was behind the protests in Slovakia after the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and archeologist Martina Kušnírová.

They also believe that Soros is smuggling migrants into Europe, and that the Slovak president is in cahoots with influential Jews.

Kamila feels that, no matter how she approaches the subject, the topic of her parents' belief brings about shouts and tears. She is resigned to avoiding discussing politics entirely in order not to ruin the holidays.

Details from the story:

  • For many older Slovaks, the current political divide within families is reminiscent of the era of Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar, whose autocratic rule lasted until 1998.
  • This generational clash is a recent development in Slovakia.
  • Kamila says her parents' opinion completely turned around in 2018.

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