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Want to keep fake news out of your newsfeed?

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by fantome profane, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. fantome profane

    fantome profane Keep safe, and keep your neighbours safe.
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    Should probably sticky this thread.
     
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  3. Shadow Wolf

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    Too bad some actually try to defend some of the sources on that list.
     
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    Good idea. Done.
     
  5. Nowhere Man

    Nowhere Man Bompu Zen Man with a little bit of Bushido.

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    So how do you determine what's fake news from real news?

    A college professor compiling a list?
     
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    It's actually not that hard. Advertising methods and choice of words in the articles are two great ways of filtering the good from the bad, and will easily eliminate most junk "news" sites.
     
  7. fantome profane

    fantome profane Keep safe, and keep your neighbours safe.
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    If you scroll down under the list you will see the professor has added some ideas "Tips for analysing news sources"


    Do you have any other ideas about to determine real from fake news?
     
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  8. Nowhere Man

    Nowhere Man Bompu Zen Man with a little bit of Bushido.

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    No. That's why I asked.
     
  9. buddhist

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    Or, what makes that "professor" authoritative?

    How about we create a list of entertainment-propaganda outlets ... like CNN, MSNBC, ABC, FOX?
     
  10. Shadow Wolf

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    She gives her credentials, explains what it is, and she also gives a list of updates. She also listed she is working with librians, most likely Information Literacy, and teaching students how to gather and evaluate information is a major part of their job.
     
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    That's nice. How does that prove that her personal opinions and biases did not contribute to her choices?
     
  12. Shadow Wolf

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    If you read the link that takes you directly to her page, she says it is her opinion. However, the fact she is working with other people on this project, especially with those other people having the job of evaluating information, the risk of bias goes down.
    And, do realize that list contains both Conservative and Liberal-biased sources. She also emphasises that those sources on her list are not necessarily wrong, but they may be presenting the information in a misleading way. She also states she personally uses some of the sites on that list in gathering and evaluating news stories.
    So, really, your questions are answered if you read through the page.
     
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    Yes, thank you that answers my question - it is her opinion.
     
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    Come up with a metric for determining accuracy and test it.
    She's presented her credentials and reasonings. You're welcome to give substantial rebuttals if you see the need for any.
     
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    It's impossible. Which is why I say it cannot be authoritative unless one believes it to be so.
     
  16. Kilgore Trout

    Kilgore Trout Misanthropic Humanist

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    If someone doesn't have the tools to fairly easily identify fake (or especially satirical) news sites on their own, then I don't know how much difference it makes what they read or hear, in regards to being more informed in a meaningful way.
     
  17. Revoltingest

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    Avoiding known fake sites is a good thing.
    But much fake news appears on even the most vaunted sources.
    Beware.
    Be skeptical.
     
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    You apparently missed when I said there are other people, asides from her, who are also working to build this database. However, that doesn't inherently make her wrong, nor does it mean she isn't giving sound advice, because when you actually take time to read what she wrote she gives very accurate and sound advice.
     
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    She said it is a tool to help her students learn how to spot such things. It's not some "what difference does it make?" because it is assisting students to learn how to spot fake and heavily biased sources, which is, no doubt, probably why she included not just a list of sites but different tips to give students a guide to know what they are looking for.
     
  20. Kilgore Trout

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    Ah, if it's primarily for kids, then I can the usefulness.
     
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