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Better education trumps fake news

The statistics seem to speak for themselves. The Finns decided to use their educational system to teach students (also adults) to understand fake news and train them in detecting bullshit. Having a big, ‘bad’ neighbor has taught the Finns some lessons, one of them apparently is that to counter lies and propaganda from the other…
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May 29, 2019 0
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Facts aren’t (that) important

It’s a sad fact (ouch) that what really matters to people are not facts but values and emotions. We are emotional herd animals with a brittle and porous surface of rationality that is constantly overridden by our core values and our strong emotions. This is built into us since long before we acquired conscious rationality,…
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May 23, 2019 0

The voice of truth

‘I did tell them that they had facilitated multiple crimes in the EU referendum. That as things stood, I didn’t think it was possible to have free and fair elections ever again. That liberal democracy was broken. And they had broke it.’ Someone had to say this, Carole Cadwalladr did it. Very good! Also kudos…
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April 24, 2019 0

‘Spirited Media is selling off its local sites and pivoting to consulting’

‘You’re going to have micro-community sites with 72 lost-dog stories a day and [you’ll have] investigative reporting — but most of the things between those are going to struggle if we can’t figure out the model. Well, we’ve figured it out, at least in theory 😎 http://www.niemanlab.org/2019/03/spirited-media-is-selling-off-its-local-sites-and-pivoting-to-consulting/


March 7, 2019 0
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Paywalls are the wrong solution

because they divide us even more It’s not easy being a news site these days. Ad revenues are crumbling and Facebook has almost a stranglehold on peoples time. If you’re not on Facebook and paying them money for publicity then you might just as well not be there. But putting up a paywall is not…
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March 7, 2019 0

Fake news thrive on uncertainty

Interesting article about why deepfake videos are unlikely to be a problem in fake news, from The Verge. Fact: ‘Twitter and Facebook have unmasked tens of thousands of fake accounts from troll campaigns, but so far, those fake accounts haven’t produced a single deepfake video.’ The essence of fake news is that they’re fake, there…
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March 6, 2019 0

It’s all about trust

and lack of it. Trust is stronger than facts in our minds. Stories and narratives affect us more than facts. Trust and a good story are two strong factors that have more weight with us than the facts and the truth. Especially on an unconscious level. The safety of trusting in and agreeing with our…
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February 28, 2019 0

Local online media, an interesting view

An interesting point of view on local news and online media mistakes from Wired. Most news is local, in the sense that generally things matter more to people closer to what is happening, sometimes geographically and in interests, specialities and our general circumstances. On Better News we will be able to trust in a system…
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February 22, 2019 0