PRISM and the NSA whistleblower scandal have been sparking public discussion of collaboration between tech giants and intelligence agencies—here's a brief primer to the long history of what happens when spooks go to the Valley.
From Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" to The Onion to Stephen Colbert's "The Colbert Report," fake news has become as much a part of the national dialogue as the real news it parodies. Why? The Onion's Baratunde Thurston shared his thoughts with the audience at Fast Company's recent Most Creative People in Business 2011 event.
The Onion's digital director helps satisfy America's hunger for journalistic honesty with a steady stream of fake news. Here are some of the photos he may or may not have taken himself, but they've influenced both his reverence for world events and the irreverent ways he covers them.