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Pope cautions youths about social media’s “false image of reality” | Ars Technica
"Don’t let yourselves be led astray," Francis says.
Pope Francis is warning the world's youth to be wary of the "false image of reality" portrayed in social media and on reality television shows.
In a written message the Vatican issued Tuesday, the pontiff cautioned followers not to let the Internet dilute the church's message. The speech will be released in video format on World Youth Day on April 9.
"History teaches us that even when the Church has to sail on stormy seas, the hand of God guides her and helps her to overcome moments of difficulty. The genuine experience of the Church is not like a flash mob, where people agree to meet, do their thing, and then go their separate ways," Francis wrote.
church  religion  pope  social_media  fake_news  teenager 
3 days ago by rgl7194
Schuldig: Ja, ich bin ein Fake-News-Autor | mobilegeeks.de
Ein Gag sollte es werden - eine schnell erstellte News über einen Fake-News-Generator fabriziert. Seit heute weiß ich, wie leicht das geht mit diesen Fake-News - und wie schnell man drauf reinfällt.
mobilegeeks.de  Fake_News 
4 days ago by Medienwoche
A Mistranslated Word Led To Some Of The Best Fake News Of The 20th Century | FiveThirtyEight
While the hard realities of Mars — it’ll mess with our bodies, our minds and our spaceships — matter a whole lot when we consider traveling to the red planet, it’s also worth thinking about why humans would want to go there in the first place. Yes, we could probably figure out the resources thing, yes, it would be hella cool, and yes, I too think a few years without access to Matt Damon would give us all a much-needed break from the Bourne franchise. But what makes people want to go to Mars?
Part of it, I contend, is that more than a century of stories have helped people build a relationship with the planet and, to an extent, the hypothetical Martians that inhabit it. And if you want to understand stories about Martians, you first have to look at the ridiculous period in American science when prominent astronomers vociferously argued that they had scientific proof Martians existed because we could take pictures of the canals they dug.
Take that in.
538  history  space  astronomy  1800s  translation  science  fake_news 
5 days ago by rgl7194
Read Across The Aisle
Knocking down filter bubbles with a simple nudge. An app
polarization  fake_news  facebook 
6 days ago by gwijthoff
A Major New Study Shows That Political Polarization Is Mainly A Right-Wing Phenomenon | WGBH News
A major new study of social-media sharing patterns shows that political polarization is more common among conservatives than liberals — and that the exaggerations and falsehoods emanating from right-wing media outlets such as Breitbart News have infected mainstream discourse.
Though the report, published by the Columbia Journalism Review, does an excellent job of laying out the challenge posed by Breitbart and its ilk, it is less than clear on how to counter it. Successfully standing up for truthful reporting in this environment “could usher in a new golden age for the Fourth Estate,” the authors write. But members of the public who care about such journalism are already flocking to news organizations like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and, locally, The Boston Globe, all of which have experienced a surge in paid subscriptions since the election of President Trump. That’s heartening, but there are no signs that it’s had any effect on the popularity or influence of the right-wing partisan media.
gov2.0  politics  psychology  fake_news  alt_facts  social_media  news 
7 days ago by rgl7194
Donald Trump Finally Pays a Price for His False and Reckless Words - The New Yorker
As a Presidential candidate, Donald Trump led a charmed existence. Whatever he said, no matter how outrageous, it didn’t seem to hurt him. He could insult his Republican opponents, make misogynistic comments about female journalists, call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, describe Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers, trot out blatant falsehoods by the dozen, encourage the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton’s e-mail account—none of it proved damaging to his candidacy. As he famously remarked, it was as if he could go out and shoot somebody on Fifth Avenue “and I wouldn’t lose voters.”
Now things have changed. He might never admit it, but Trump has belatedly discovered a basic principle of politics: words matter. They matter so much, in fact, that they can make or break a Presidency. That’s why every one of his predecessors—during the modern era, at least—has chosen his words carefully. It took a few weeks for it to become clear that President Trump, as opposed to candidate Trump, would be subject to this principle. But, at this stage, there can be no doubt about it. Virtually every day brings a fresh example of his own loose words coming back to hurt him.
trump  politics  gov2.0  fake_news  alt_facts 
7 days ago by rgl7194
When corrections fail: the persistence of political misconceptions [pdf]
The backfire effect: people double down when told that the accuracy of a story they believe is false
8 days ago by gwijthoff
Daring Fireball: Alexandra Petri: 'Trump’s Budget Makes Perfect Sense and Will Fix America, and I Will Tell You Why'
Alexandra Petri, writing for The Washington Post on Trump’s proposed budget cuts:
Environmental Protection Agency: We absolutely do not need this. Clean rivers and breathable air are making us SOFT and letting the Chinese and the Russians get the jump on us. We must go back to the America that was great, when the air was full of coal and danger and the way you could tell if the air was breathable was by carrying a canary around with you at all times, perched on your leathery, coal-dust-covered finger. Furthermore, we will cut funding to Superfund cleanup in the EPA because the only thing manlier than clean water is DIRTY water.
Funnier than the column itself is the fact that the White House itself promoted it, presumably because they only read the headline. (No idea why The Daily Beast brands the piece as “fake news”. Satire — no matter the fact that it sometimes sails over the heads of the humorless — is not fake news.)
economics  gov2.0  politics  trump  satire  fake_news  daring_fireball 
8 days ago by rgl7194
This Article Won’t Change Your Mind - The Atlantic
This doubling down in the face of conflicting evidence is a way of reducing the discomfort of dissonance, and is part of a set of behaviors known in the psychology literature as “motivated reasoning.”
10 days ago by srhhnry
Combating “Fake News” With a Smartphone “Proof Mode” – Guardian Project
We have been working for many years with our partners at WITNESS, a leading human rights media training and advocacy organization, to figure out how best to turn smartphone cameras into tools of empowerment for activists. While it is often enough to use the visual pixels you capture to create awareness or pressure on an issue, sometimes you want those pixels to actually be treated as evidence. This means, you want people to trust what they see, to know it hasn’t been tampered with, and to believe that it came from the time, place and person you say it came from.
Enter, ProofMode, a light, minimal “reboot” of our more heavyweight, verified media app, CameraV. Our aim was to create a lightweight (< 3MB!), almost invisible utility (minimal battery impact!), that you can run all of the time on your phone (no annoying notifications or popups), that automatically adds extra digital proof data to all photos and videos you take. This data can then be easily shared, when you really need it, through a “Share Proof” share action, to anyone you choose over email or a messaging app, or uploaded to a cloud service or reporting platform.
camera  smartphone  apps  security  authentication  privacy  photography  fake_news 
11 days ago by rgl7194
"Proof Mode" for your Smartphone Camera - Schneier on Security
ProofMode is an app for your smartphone that adds data to the photos you take to prove that they are real and unaltered:
On the technical front, what the app is doing is automatically generating an OpenPGP key for this installed instance of the app itself, and using that to automatically sign all photos and videos at time of capture. A sha256 hash is also generated, and combined with a snapshot of all available device sensor data, such as GPS location, wifi and mobile networks, altitude, device language, hardware type, and more. This is also signed, and stored with the media. All of this happens with no noticeable impact on battery life or performance, every time the user takes a photo or video.
This doesn't solve all the problems with fake photos, but it's a good step in the right direction.
camera  smartphone  apps  security  authentication  privacy  photography  fake_news 
11 days ago by rgl7194
Disciples of a False Prophet - The New York Times
The con Donald Trump committed on his voters is slowly coming undone. He is not honest. He is not a brilliant deal maker. He is not even competent.
His entire life, Trump has sold shimmer and called it silver. It was and is all an illusion, a brand built on selling banality with braggadocio. He shaped vapors into dreams and delivered them to those hungry for a taste of the showy, hollow form of the high life he came to represent. He was successful at exploiting those with an ostentatious appetite for the air of success. Trump’s life story is a pyramid scheme of ambitions.
He took that history to a people struggling through a drought of opportunity and he exploited their weaknesses: a shrinking sense of economic security and growing nativist tendencies.
trump  gov2.0  politics  fake_news  business  nytimes 
11 days ago by rgl7194
Diese Webseite verbreitet Fake-Zitate auf Facebook und überholt damit echte Nachrichten | Buzzfeed
Diese BuzzFeed-Analyse zeigt, wie Blog.Halle-Leaks.de Artikel mit Fake-Zitaten für Facebook optimiert, verbreitet und damit mehr Interaktionen erzeugt als andere Medien.
feed  Buzzfeed  Fake_News  Facebook  Deutschland 
11 days ago by Medienwoche

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