Opinion Spot Fake News By Learning How To Search Online Imformation Pdf

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Opinion Spot Fake News By Learning How To Search Online Imformation Pdf

Now this is why news journalists need to master the art of the internet-trained news journalist. According to a new study conducted by Nielsen (and googled himself), Americans are learning how to type misinformation into Search Engine Optimization, and are generally impressed by how well they did.

By Eric Ferguson.

Not only did Nielsen claim that younger Americans are turning to Pictionary-like misinformation to “trick the system” and find results of their political beliefs, which might be discouraging for those seeking reliable information from their providers, but he also reported that people are actually liking the posts with misinformation more than the truthful posts. We think the key here is that by “voting with their clicks,” individuals are reinforcing an ideological framework of their choice, not simply avoiding facts to which they disagree.

The study reports that 30% of those surveyed would find non-politically correct facts on their chosen websites “so strange and inaccurate” that they might switch to an “alternative universe,” thus potentially “breaking” that internet-assisted deception; meanwhile, 35% are inclined to avoid information for which they don’t agree, essentially validating those who wanted their online portal to act as a filter to prevent themselves from seeing an alternate reality.

Our suspicion that the Internet is often served by unqualified sources, including Holocaust deniers, anti-Semites, and others with questionable agendas in their discovery of and presentations of the truth, leads us to believe the facts being uncovered are often distorted or inaccurate, with the guilty having simply moved online or left journalism altogether.

As a case in point, Jim Acosta famously began his Trump speech by quoting someone he’d never heard of and who was actually a Nazi sympathizer, while CNN commentators, in the midst of the conversation, made snide remarks about the staffer who approached him while attempting to protect Acosta from his pro-Trump pro-AIPAC supporters. Likewise, we learned this week that Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s bi-partisan troll-slash-ambassador to the Trump resistance, told Piers Morgan this week that Trump plans to have an executive order pardoning Kavanaugh by Friday, per The Guardian, despite the fact that the Justice Department has yet to announce anything. Conway’s unprecedented dissembling and blatant deception have made it relatively safe to project the “reality of her distorted reality,” while Peter Thiel went on to introduce Robert Mueller as a traitor with Jane Mayer highlighting how one of her guests on Fox News had described the real-life Mueller as “a spy who had illegally wiretapped, or who can’t the NSA get the NSA to wiretap, Roger Stone,” who helped Russian oligarchs in their election interference efforts. While individuals have “ratified the concept” of fraud or manipulation via their clicks, empirical evidence such as Thiel’s conversation with someone who can’t be identified or Spicer’s fake Meet The Press teleprompter reflects, the de facto outcome of the fake news ecosystem is a feedback loop in which impressions seem to be the only thing people value in online discourse, and the authentic information that online sources not curated by users gets filtered out of conversation, leading us to further filter out the facts in our own minds. These topics comprise a large part of “How Fake News Became Buzzfeed’s Dynasty,” another recent Newsweek cover story that centered around Mark Zuckerberg’s elimination of online conversations. This pursuit of metrics has facilitated the process of misinformation production and impact, making us all platforms for fake news, said the “headliner” of the piece.

One of the aspects of our online knowledge network that allows us to define our own realities is the development of built-in filters, though these filters are simplistic and inconsistent enough that they undermine the rules of computational reality. Providing users with products that offer easy and intuitive interactions with inputs that suggest what can be shared will likely contribute to trends in the propagation of misinformation and ultimately to false information. Users and those controlling the virtual reality of their information network need to come to an understanding of the influence that is impacted by the price paid for their clicks. If sites rely on visual and audio cues and data analytics to express user intent in a manner that is analogous to what they’re aware of as “real life,” it’s only a matter of time before disinformation is the default online reality.

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