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A little bit of the intenet’s past is passing.
Google made a decision to open the In The News box to the whole web - with predictable consequences
The Las Vegas shootings highlighted a nasty flaw in Google's Top Stories algorithm. It's one that could be exploited.
NewsUK are doing a good job with archive content.
That big News icon on iOS devices might be sucking in more readers than you realise…
Digital innovator Quartz hits half a decade – and has some big plans, one of which is printed…
For all the panic, soul-searching and debate about the “fake news” phenomenon, there’s one basic truth I rarely see discussed.
Much of the blame for the spread of “fake news” can be placed squarely at the feet of the general public, far too few of whom actually apply critical thinking to the things they share on social media. And agreeing with the sentiment is no excuse for sharing something fake – that’s just cognitive bias at work:
But I agree with the sentiment, so it’s OK to share NO. NO. NO. That’s not good enough any more. Maybe that was OK back in the innocent noughties, but if you’re willing to reflexively share this without engaging your critical thinking, then I’ll bet that you’re willing to share more serious bullshit memes without thinking them through.
There’s a kind of arrogant paternalism in thinking that we can “save” people from “fake news”, without this central problem being addressed.
Unease about Facebook and its role in our polity is only growing - and a London Review of Books piece made it clear exactly why.
I've published my first post behind the Medium paywall. Will it pay off?