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[liberationtech] [Air-L] Fake News

Donna Oglesby oglesbdm at eckerd.edu
Mon Dec 12 09:54:33 PST 2016


"Fake News" is an imprecise term. Definition is essential. Some scholars work on exactly that. Check out Don Fallis. An example of his thinking on the subject is here:

http://www.u.arizona.edu/~fallis/LIB%2063.3%2005.%20fallis%20401_426.pdf

Donna Oglesby


> On Dec 12, 2016, at 12:13 PM, MC Cambre <mcambre at ualberta.ca> wrote:
> 
> This burns me because I fell for the professor blacklist story  (had some people I knew on it) even after I had hunted down all the references, and the organization that started it (I still don't even know if they are real).
> 
> Just wondering if we are overlooking outright lying? 
> https://theintercept.com/2016/12/09/a-clinton-fan-manufactured-fake-news-that-msnbc-personalities-spread-to-discredit-wikileaks-docs/
> The issue is mushrooming online with sites now dedicated to 'debunking' fake news as well.
> At the same time there is implicit trust of search engines like Google, while they actually work to camouflage them.
> http://www.theverge.com/2016/12/6/13850230/fake-news-sites-google-search-facebook-instant-articles
> 
> 
> 
>> On Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 3:28 PM, 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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