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.
With the pressure to make public social media accounts work-friendly, people are starting to create more rough-edged private accounts.
I've published my first post behind the Medium paywall. Will it pay off?
Knight Foundation gave Quartz a quarter of a million dollars, and all the got were these useful research bots
It's a Gif-mediated world out there.
As early as late last year, the CIA was worried that politicians in the USA were not taking election interference seriously.
A short social video on the (legal) business of cannabis from The Economist
iOS 11 brings big changes to the iPad.