Monday, October 23, 2017

Fake News Tester

How good are you at telling what's fake news and what's not? Factitious helps you check. The site was created by veteran journalist Maggie Farley, and when played on a phone, imitates Tinder's "swiping" concept.

Sinclair Broadcast Group Close to Merger with Tribune Media

Shareholders of Sinclair Broadcast Group voted overwhelmingly to approve the nearly $4 billion acquisition of Tribune Media this past Thursday. The deal would give Sinclair ownership over a "total of 223 TV stations serving 108 markets, including 39 of the top 50, that cover about 72% of U.S. households." The deal is pending regulatory approval from the FCC.

Actions of D.E.A. Exposed After Video Released Through Freedom of Information Act

Here is a link to an article showing the effects of a video released through a request filed under the Freedom of Information Act. Exposing the potential lies in a federal agency ties into class themes of skepticism towards the government, and since we have discussed the Freedom of Information Act I thought this was relevant!

The Psychology of Fake News

Here is an interesting article that discusses the psychology behind how fake news spreads. For instance, even articles spread jokingly by friends can start to feel real, simply due to the number of times we've seen a given headline. So, note to self, don't send around absurd articles because doing so may cause unforeseen damage!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Gold Star Controversy

Philip Bump at The Washington Post:



Thursday, October 19, 2017

Elections, Democracy, and the Internet

From last week:

  • "The 2016 election represents the latest chapter in the disintegration of the legacy institutions that had set bounds for U.S. politics in the postwar era.” 
  • "Much can be said and will be written about the Trump campaign’s formal data and social-media operation, but the real digital story of the 2016 campaign comes from beyond the campaign organizational chart."
Cambridge Analytica:

"What We Know and Don't Know" Clickbait Articles

Updated early this morning, this CNN article preys on Americas desire to know what really happened. 

This is a commonly used tactic that journalists apply to lure their audience in. The use of a shared "unknown" is attractive to News consumers. It creates a feeling of an "equal" playing field where they are allowed to imagine/assume the answers to the unknown.