You know that scene in Independence Day, in which the president and his motley crew of alien-invasion survivors are taken to Area 51 and shown a nearly-totaled alien saucer, the craft hovering even despite the damage it’s incurred?


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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.