Hacking the Attention Economy

Not sure what to make of this (just had time to skim it), but it looks meaningful on first glance.



National Review Says Fake News is Not the Only Problem

David French, writing on The National Review, points out that sometimes reporters lose perspective and don’t look at the full picture of their claims. He calls this the Gullible News, the reporters being gullible, not the readers per se.

National Review Calls BuzzFeed Data Into Question.

The National Review’s Paul Crookstone rightly points out some of the flaws in BuzzFeed’s widely reported (we reported it here) story claiming that Americans engaged more with fake news than with real news on Facebook.

The Mainstream Media Focused on the Wrong Things

Nice video by Vox, describing the problem of the election, focusing on the horse race not the issues.

Nice Experiential Article on How News Headlines are as Big a Problem as Fake News

Daniel Ketchell, writing on Medium, offers a great article on how news headlines are as big a problem as fake news. It’s a great read, as he takes the reader on a journey to show how the news actually works these days.

What It’s Like to ONLY Read Fake News

Great article by Simon van Zuylen-Wood on Politico. He decided to only read fake news for a week. The article nicely describes his experience there.

One thing he concludes is that getting rid of the commercial fake-news producers won’t stop folks who are conspiracy theorists from spinning real news into fake news.



Which Fake News Stories Went Viral in 2016? BuzzFeed Analyzes

Craig Silverman continues his excellent work, writing on BuzzFeed, showing us which stories went viral in 2016, and why.

Conservatives Start Calling Regular News “Fake News”

Jeremy W. Peters of the New York Times reports that conservatives have begun calling all mainstream news fake news.

“Until now, that term had been widely understood to refer to fabricated news accounts that are meant to spread virally online. But conservative cable and radio personalities, top Republicans and even Mr. Trump himself, incredulous about suggestions that that fake stories may have helped swing the election, have appropriated the term and turned it against any news they see as hostile to their agenda.”

“In defining “fake news” so broadly and seeking to dilute its meaning, they are capitalizing on the declining credibility of all purveyors of information, one product of the country’s increasing political polarization. And conservatives, seeing an opening to undermine the mainstream media, a longtime foe, are more than happy to dig the hole deeper.”

This is a must read article.

It is also one more example of how simple fixes are not going to fix the dishonesty problem we’re facing in America.

Fact Checkers — Do They Have a Political Bias?

Nice article in Vox about how fact-checkers are perceived from both sides of the political aisle.