The AP style guide says reporters should only refer to people in medicine with a Doctor title and others, with earned Doctorates should not be referred to as Doctor, although their degree may be mentioned later in the report. Often their qualifications are not mentioned. It is as if the AMA has trademarked the Doctor title or something.
It also creates situations where medical doctors pontificating on subjects outside their field, are called Doctor, while experts in those fields, with actual Doctorates in the subject are referred to by name only – and in some old school pubs like the WSJ, might even be referred to as Mr or Ms. This creates – to the reader – a distortion of relative expertise as the title Doctor becomes short hand for “expert”. Furthermore, in some countries, medical doctors may not have an earned doctorate either – but are referred to using the Doctor title. This has ramifications for propagandizing media reports.
Instagram introduced new Terms of Service, which caused many of us to re-read them, as well as the various linked policies. Facebook/Instagram log everything about you – including your SMS messages, your address book, information about nearby Wi-Fi access points, other devices on your network – and can integrate FB’s own collection with offline purchases at retail stores.
I had deleted the FB app long ago and last night I deleted the Instagram app. I do not believe it is safe to use any Facebook company application.
Social media content companies actively engage in censorship using a wide variety of approaches. Their censorship regimes are vastly larger and more powerful than most realize.
You don’t need to imagine – log in to Facebook and enter “vaccine” in the search box.
This poster is false. Death counts are always months behind – we will not have a decent number until probably spring of 2021.
A 12-part NY Times story from 2018 was based almost entirely on a hoax. In other words, it is the very definition of fake news.
Twitter and Instagram ban video of United Airlines kicking a 2 year old off the plane. Guess it might reflect badly on someone or something. Social media is setting itself up for heavy government regulation, sad to say.
Google has selected an odd assortment of science “subgroups” to emphasize on its Google News page. This choice, by Google, has ramifications for your attention and perspective on issues – and may even steer you away from learning about other areas of science. In effect, Google News may be operating a subtle propaganda outlet, intentionally steering our attention to topics that Google wants us to see, while steering us away from topics Google would prefer we not see.
This chart is making the rounds on social media. It leaves out so many things as to be declared False by me.
When messaging is inconsistent, contradictory, illogical, and incoherent, its probably the messenger – but always more fun to blame the public!