This January the readership looks with dismay upon fake news. Not so much fake news itself, how would they know if it was fake or not, but upon the legitimising of fake news as a fact of life. This will happen when everything 24-hours a day is being sent out into cyberspace as news. The generation of unauthenticated unauthoritative fake news is easy when a million computers share the fakery without recourse to sources. The readership here means all of us, trying to make head and tail of any number of phishy beasts; of untruths, the secret origins of violence.