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[liberationtech] [Air-L] Fake News

Thomas Ball xtc283 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 12 05:37:21 PST 2016


This article is interesting and relevant to this thread on fake news...

*How Social Media Reduces Mass Political Polarization. Evidence from
Germany, Spain, and the U.S. *by Paolo Barbera

http://pablobarbera.com/static/barbera_polarization_APSA.pdf

Regards,
Thomas Ball


On Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 8:28 AM, kalev leetaru <kalev.leetaru5 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> The concept of "fake news" is very complex, ranging from satirical to
> misleading to malicious content and, when looking globally, covers not just
> social media, but SMS and FTF communication. Much like humor, where one
> person's hilarious joke might be deeply offensive to another, a good
> portion of "fake news" revolves around how societies and peoples with
> different backgrounds interpret and construct meaning from a shared set of
> information. Paul Linebarger's 1948 book "Psychological Warfare" is a
> powerful read into the roots and methodology of inorganic constructionism
> of the kind that underlies much of the hundred shades of gray that we today
> frequently label as "fake news." This is also why purely technological
> solutions will always struggle with this complex middle ground that
> constitutes a large portion of "fake news." Instead, "information literacy"
> coupled with technological assistance offer perhaps the most robust path
> forward.
>
> You can see more in my latest pieces:
>
> http://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2016/11/30/why-
> stopping-fake-news-is-so-hard/
> http://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2016/12/10/the-
> inverted-pyramid-and-how-fake-news-weaponized-modern-
> journalistic-practice/
> http://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2016/12/11/the-
> global-perspective-on-fake-news/
> http://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2016/12/11/how-
> data-and-information-literacy-could-end-fake-news/
>
> Kalev
> http:/kalevleetaru.com/
> http://blog.gdeltproject.org/
>
>
> On Friday, December 9, 2016, Yosem Companys <companys at stanford.edu> wrote:
> >
> > > Anyone know of any academic studies showing that fake (social media)
> news
> > > influenced the 2016 presidential election outcome?
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > > Yosem
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