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The overwhelming fakeness of today's internet

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

There's a reckoning coming over fakeness online, as people increasingly realize the dangers of an online ecosystem where everything is definitely not all right.

The big picture: "Everything that once seemed definitively and unquestionably real now seems slightly fake; everything that once seemed slightly fake now has the power and presence of the real," Max Read writes for New York Magazine.

Traffic to news sites quadrupled on Election Day

Man staring at four different news coverage outlets for election night coverage.
Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images.

Election Day traffic to national news sites saw a 311% increase, four times the visits compared to an average day in October 2018, according to data from Adobe Analytics exclusively obtained by Axios.

The big picture: The spike in Election Day-related traffic and engagement mirrored what proved to be the highest percentage of U.S. midterm-election voter turnout since 1914, per The Wall Street Journal.