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News: How poor reporting becomes propaganda

News: How poor reporting becomes propaganda

Reporters and statistics rarely work well together: In 2018, the average premium on the exchange was $5,798.83 and for 2019, companies are proposing to sell products with an average premium of $6,274.08. Source: 2019 insurance on the Obamacare exchange in Ohio will increase | cleveland.com An average provides useful information about a random distribution – ACA premiums are not a random distribution. ACA premiums are a non-linear distribution. When prices are across a non-linear curve, the average tells us little…

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News: Click bait versus actual news headline

News: Click bait versus actual news headline

I’m so old, I was taught that a news headline encapsulated a brief summary of the news article. Today, the purpose of a headline is to act as “click bait”. This screen capture from Google News illustrates the concept – the one at the bottom is the “old school” approach. The past week has seen a flood of “news” reports about immigration issues-some were mostly correct yet some, may be many, were poorly researched, left out context, and were intended…

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"Tech Platforms Must 'Protect Professional Journalism' "

"Tech Platforms Must 'Protect Professional Journalism' "

It would help if professional journalists would protect professional journalism first (see next post): News Corp CEO Robert Thomson called for social media platforms to “protect professional journalism” and be subject to an “algorithm review board” made up of “experts.”Social platforms, said Thomson, have “a responsibility to project professional journalism, and cultivate a culture of compliance so that the real could be separated from the unreal and the surreal.” Source: News Corp CEO: Tech Platforms Must ‘Protect Professional Journalism’ |…

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News: When is a scientific study, or the reporting on it, just propaganda?

News: When is a scientific study, or the reporting on it, just propaganda?

Today’s news brings the following announcement: By modifying their lifestyle, including diet and exercise, people can lower their blood pressure just as effectively as with medication, according to a study. Researchers studied the effects of adapting the Newstart Lifestyle program, which includes a vegan diet, daily outside walks, substantial quantities of water, adequate daily sleep and optional spiritual activities. Source: Healthier lifestyle as effective as medication to lower blood pressure, study says – UPI.com Most people will read only the…

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"There is nothing wrong with your social media feed. We are controlling transmission"

"There is nothing wrong with your social media feed. We are controlling transmission"

A long time ago, in a generation far away from the present, there was a TV show called “The Outer Limits” famous for its opening sequence narration: There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will…

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Why is this even considered news? A social media post about an idiot store clerk?

Why is this even considered news? A social media post about an idiot store clerk?

This is a news story about … a social media post … describing an idiot store clerk. GRESHAM, Ore. (KATU) – A Gresham woman’s post about a grocery store clerk’s behavior is going viral this week. Source: Cashier shames woman for WIC card usage in grocery store: ‘They keep getting handouts’ | KATU In other news today, Tommy yelled at Susie on the playground this afternoon, and their friends posted photos on social media! The purpose of this “news” is…

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Computer algorithms that analyze #Facebook "Likes" understand your thinking better than your spouse #DeleteFacebook #Privacy

Computer algorithms that analyze #Facebook "Likes" understand your thinking better than your spouse #DeleteFacebook #Privacy

Facebook (and Youtube and Twitter) have conducted a global experiment on human populations without consent of the guinea pigs by analyzing our “Likes”. Facebook’s digital model of us is more accurate than our own understanding of ourselves. Computers need evaluate as few as 100 Likes to make a judgement more effective than a human. Analyzing just 300 Likes enables the model to know more about the subject than does the subject’s spouse. Computer models achieve “peak” accuracy when more than…

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Comedian Will Ferrell, and Cher, and others delete #Facebook accounts #DeleteFacebook

Comedian Will Ferrell, and Cher, and others delete #Facebook accounts #DeleteFacebook

Ferrell said he couldn’t “use the services of a company that allowed the spread of propaganda.” Source: Will Ferrell, reluctant social media user, declares he’s deleting his Facebook account More at the link. Cher deleted her account, actor Jim Carrey deleted his, and Indian Actor/Director Farhan Aktar deleted his personal account but still maintains his professional account. I am seeing a veritable flood of Facebook news, none of it positive for Facebook.

How media manipulates your interpretation of a news story

How media manipulates your interpretation of a news story

Nearly every story on Facebook this week has featured this Getty Images photo of Zuckerberg looking contrite: The photo first appeared in the press in about May of 2017. In other words, this photo is about one year old. The media has deliberately selected an old photo of Zuckerberg to make it look like he is contrite and feeling badly about the current predicament of Facebook. This assertion, however, is made up entirely by fiction writers in the media. We…

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Facebook has angered everyone

Facebook has angered everyone

Conservative Republicans are sure the company has discriminated against them. Democrats on the left will find it hard to embrace the network when claims of helping to their opponent into the White House — whether accurate or not — have become a dominant public narrative in the press. Source: Even Facebook Former Insiders Are Turning Against the Company With #DeleteFacebook | Inc.com

The Cambridge Analytica/Facebook spying story was first published 28 MONTHS AGO

The Cambridge Analytica/Facebook spying story was first published 28 MONTHS AGO

  FIRST PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER 16, 2016 IN GERMAN IN DAS MAGAZIN. PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH ON JANUARY 28, 2017 IN MOTHERBOARD: How Cambridge Analytica used your Facebook data to help the Donald Trump campaign in the 2016 election. Source: The Data That Turned the World Upside Down – Motherboard Good God. The U.S. media is so full itself that it missed this story in broad daylight since January 2017.  Quite frankly, U.S. media has rendered itself utterly useless. Guess I…

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Kinda of funny that the UK press broke the story on how social media was manipulated by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

Kinda of funny that the UK press broke the story on how social media was manipulated by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

The U.S. media spent 17 months chasing a story about $44,000 worth of Russian-linked Facebook ads while UK’s Channel 4 did real journalism, discovering the role Cambridge Analytica played with purloined personal data from Facebook, to craft highly customized propaganda campaigns and fake news to potentially throw a U.S. election. This is the story – and the role that social media plays at it has devolved into a frictionless propaganda platform. Sorry U.S. media – you missed this story. Source:…

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Who watches this crap?

Who watches this crap?

Apparently way too many people: The Nielsen company said 26 of the 40 most-watched programs on cable television last week were political shows on Fox News or MSNBC, including each weeknight telecast by Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity and Lawrence O’Donnell. Source: Nielsens illustrate the popularity of political shows This is not news. It’s celebrity gossip and propaganda. Why do so many waste their time on this? Boredom?

Am guessing we never hear another word about "Russia hacked the election" after today

Am guessing we never hear another word about "Russia hacked the election" after today

Cambridge Analytica: The full scale of their pivotal work in Trump’s election win How they avoid Congressional investigations into their foreign clients Setting up proxy organisations to feed untraceable messages onto social media Using a secret email system where messages self-destruct and leave no trace Cambridge Analytica’s involvement in the “Defeat Crooked Hilary” brand of attack ads Source: Exposed: Undercover secrets of Trump’s data firm – Channel 4 News Cambridge Analytica is claiming they threw the election for Trump, using…

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