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Month: December 2016

How media headlines shape the emotional response

How media headlines shape the emotional response

TL;DR Summary Media editors make choices in the words they use in media headlines. These words shape your perspective and understanding of the story. Remember that propaganda is messaging designed to persuade a group to adopt someone else’s agenda. Then consider the following headlines captured from Google News and how some assert a conclusion that is not yet evident at the time these headlines were posted: USA Today: Obama orders review of foreign attempts to hack US election NY Times: Obama Orders…

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Leave social media to improve mental health

Leave social media to improve mental health

“I noticed that Twitter, Facebook and other digital forms of communication fed and nurtured my very real anxiety until it consumed me. Whenever I turned to the internet for a distraction, and even a possible sense of reassurance, I was instead sent reeling to the worst corner of my psyche. Only when I consciously stepped away from the screen, did I regain some sense of calm and perspective.” Source: In these turbulent times, take a break from social media to…

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Use Chrome extension “B.S. Detector” to alert you to unreliable and possibly fake news

Use Chrome extension “B.S. Detector” to alert you to unreliable and possibly fake news

If you use the Chrome browser, you can add an extension called “B.S. Detector” that checks links to “news” for authenticity. To set it up, click on the 3 vertical dots at upper right of the Chrome browser and then choose Settings. At the Settings change, click on “Extensions” near the upper left. On the Extensions page, scroll all the way to the bottom and click on “Get more extensions”. At the Chrome Web Store, search for B.S. Detector, and…

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Use Chrome extension "B.S. Detector" to alert you to unreliable and possibly fake news

Use Chrome extension "B.S. Detector" to alert you to unreliable and possibly fake news

If you use the Chrome browser, you can add an extension called “B.S. Detector” that checks links to “news” for authenticity. To set it up, click on the 3 vertical dots at upper right of the Chrome browser and then choose Settings. At the Settings change, click on “Extensions” near the upper left. On the Extensions page, scroll all the way to the bottom and click on “Get more extensions”. At the Chrome Web Store, search for B.S. Detector, and…

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Tech news site runs fake news report about fake news story

Tech news site runs fake news report about fake news story

Now with a correction added to the original story: Update: The feature appears to be an implementation of the Chrome plugin B.S. Detector, which some users took as a test by Facebook itself. Source: Reports of a Facebook fake news detector are apparently a plugin | TechCrunch

Man behind “alt right” fake news sites is registered Democrat

Man behind “alt right” fake news sites is registered Democrat

As this blog pointed out long ago, its all about money. There are right wing sites published by left wing authors and left wing sites published by right wing authors. The goal is to hook the target’s emotions, encouraging Likes, Shares and more click throughs to generate ad revenue. In this case, some of the best known “alt right” fake news was produced by a registered Democrat, political scientist and self admitted liberal: Coler is a soft-spoken 40-year-old with a…

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Man behind "alt right" fake news sites is registered Democrat

Man behind "alt right" fake news sites is registered Democrat

As this blog pointed out long ago, its all about money. There are right wing sites published by left wing authors and left wing sites published by right wing authors. The goal is to hook the target’s emotions, encouraging Likes, Shares and more click throughs to generate ad revenue. In this case, some of the best known “alt right” fake news was produced by a registered Democrat, political scientist and self admitted liberal: Coler is a soft-spoken 40-year-old with a…

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