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Fear and the Dark Side

Yoda: "Remember, a Jedi's strength flows from the Force. But beware. Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny."
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

If there's one underlying theme that emerges from the 2016 Election Year, it's the use of fear to promote problematic narratives. For many Americans, the fear is real: fear of terrorism, of mass shootings, fear of economic instability. In a 24-hour news cycle, online news, and the perpetuation of "fake news" on social media, it's become difficult to separate fact from fiction.