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[liberationtech] [Air-L] Fake News

kalev leetaru kalev.leetaru5 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 12 05:28:13 PST 2016


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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