CDZ The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News

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  1. EvilEyeFleegle
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    This study just bears out my long-held beliefs about social media..and those that depend on it for their information:

    The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News - The Atlantic - Pocket

    The article is long..and well worth reading..a small quote:

    "The massive study analyzes every major contested news story in English across the span of Twitter’s existence—some 126,000 stories, tweeted by 3 million users, over more than 10 years—and finds that the truth simply cannot compete with hoax and rumor. By every common metric, falsehood consistently dominates the truth on Twitter, the study finds: Fake news and false rumors reach more people, penetrate deeper into the social network, and spread much faster than accurate stories.

    “It seems to be pretty clear [from our study] that false information outperforms true information,” said Soroush Vosoughi, a data scientist at MIT who has studied fake news since 2013 and who led this study. “And that is not just because of bots. It might have something to do with human nature.”

    The study has already prompted alarm from social scientists. “We must redesign our information ecosystem in the 21st century,” write a group of 16 political scientists and legal scholars in an essay also published in Science. They call for a new drive of interdisciplinary research “to reduce the spread of fake news and to address the underlying pathologies it has revealed.”

    “How can we create a news ecosystem ... that values and promotes truth?” they ask.

    The study suggests that it will not be easy."
     
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    Human nature largely reacts to the hive. After 12 years of public education, it takes a strong will and a certain self-directed research to resist the pull.

    In general, if your friends believe something, you will agree, and act as though you believe, whether you actually believe it or not.

    You will never have a system that promotes truth until truth requires inarguable facts and not fantasy to support it.
     
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    It seems that yesterday's information age has turned into today's misinformation age. It will be a new cultural dynamic that is here to stay and will change the perception of political and social reality for a long time to come. I have a feeling it will further polarize the right and left, if that is even possible. It is dismaying to see that these two equal segments of population are losing the ability to have a reliable and stable form of communication.
     
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    They started it!
     
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    Exactly why I don't have a Twitter account and cancelled my Facebook account. All I ever found there was complete bullshit and a lot of people with shitforbrains.
     
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    The Atlantic is fake nooz.
     
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    No such thing as social media.
    It is anti-social by its very nature.

    Socializing requires face to face contact.
     
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    It says they were exclusively studying Twitter. Well, the vast majority of people have never even used Twitter.
     
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    It was already going to be tough enough a few years ago, but I don't know how we get the toothpaste back in the tube at this point.

    To me the question is no longer whether we can create and maintain a proper "news ecosystem", but how long a republic can last when so many of its citizens are operating in almost entirely separate and different realities.
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