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The war on fake news is on.

Punnchy Dec 5, 2016

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  1. Punnchy

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    http://m.slashdot.org/story/319575

    Okay. This is just funny. Flint michigan still doeant have clean dribking water. It costs millions to protect the president elect a day and this is a new thing my goverment is spending money on.
     
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    Well, maybe another money drain, just like the War on Drugs, possibly.
     
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    All things considered, depending on what tactics they're going to employ, that might be one of the most important initiatives for the sake of the nation's future. If people do not recognize what is fact and what is fiction, which an alarmingly large number do not seem to do, it jeopardizes the very foundation of Democracy.

    People can only elect smartly if they have the necessary knowledge to do so. If you do not provide people with the facts, how can they make a decision based upon them?

    I would not be so hasty as to discredit the whole phenomenon as a waste of money. There are far too many people who're itching to jump on whatever false news they can in order to prove a point or run an agenda. True, it would be best to fix whatever issues those people have in order to make them less itchy, but you can't please everyone and this has the potential to turn even normal people to make decisions which are against their interests.

    The availability of information has devalued knowledge and facts dangerously. And if people no longer believe that facts are available or that they are facts, have you any idea of the repercussions that has on our society? The moment we abandon facts, society slips back towards the Dark Ages. Not perhaps in technology, because thankfully there will be people who're still in the business of facts, but collectively and on a spiritual level.

    That is a very sad, disturbing and quite frankly frightening possibility...
     
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    I'll just quote a pretty concise article on the subject: https://sofrep.com/68204/how-the-mainstream-media-hoodwinked-america-in-2016/

    "It has been said that a lie travels around the world before the truth can get its pants on. Sadly, that adage has never been more apparent than during this election cycle. Mercifully over, it produced two deeply flawed Presidential candidates whose respective relationships with the truth were casual at best. In a normal world, an objective mainstream media (MSM) would have called them to account when they invariably misspoke, and the American people would have been better informed about the character, temperament, competency, and leadership of both.

    Instead, we were treated to a press that mostly acted as a propaganda ministry for the left, the pervasiveness of their bias revealed by hacked emails and documents made public. Ironically, by glossing over Hillary Clinton’s serious scandals, they had zero standing when they reported on Donald Trump’s more numerous, but arguably less harmful, gaffes. The “fair and balanced” alternative to the MSM, however, is not without fault. Perhaps for ratings, perhaps for fear of hurting the GOP candidate, they went full cheerleader on the right. In the name of shilling for “their” preferred candidates, all of them threw off even the veneer of objectivity, flooding the daily news cycle with fluff pieces supporting one candidate and takedowns of the opponent.

    Unfortunately, journalism has long since been replaced with “infotainment,” where opinionated pundits produce more jokes than facts and consumers walk away with the illusion that they are informed on important issues. The death knell for the media’s credibility came on election night. In true “Dewey Defeats Truman” fashion, flapping heads on every network predicted a Clinton win. Such was not the case.

    What has emerged is a thoroughly discredited fourth estate with a favorability rating somewhere between catching a venereal disease and getting hit in the face with a tack hammer. More Americans than ever before are now aware of the inherent bias of the media; the far left certainly “felt the Bern” of the MSM colluding with a Democratic establishment to put their thumb on the scale for Clinton. The anti-Trump Republicans saw Fox News Channel follow suit.

    Nobody trusts the government. It’s seen as overbearing, incompetent, expensive, and scandal-ridden. Nobody trusts the education system. It’s churning out coddled snowflakes incapable of dealing with reality and saddled with debt for degrees they can’t use. Nobody trusts the church. They’ll never shake the child sex scandals or attempts to cover them up. Nobody trusts the markets. The game is rigged by the banks or the crony capitalists or the special interests, depending on who you talk to. The one entity charged with keeping them all honest has been exposed as a fraud. When nobody trusts any of our civic institutions anymore, what happens?

    From a philosophical perspective, without a proper reference point for the truth, our society is in danger of falling victim to extreme cynicism, leading to tribalism, devolving to fatalism, and ending in cataclysm. This has profound national security implications for America.

    First, we become more susceptible to disinformation, misinformation, and manipulation from entities, both internal and external, that will negatively impact strategic decision-making. We’ve already seen what happens when an administration is obsessed with responding to the 24 hour news cycle and conducts foreign policy via hashtag. With social media and the internet increasingly intertwined with our lives, this phenomenon will only increase, leading to an environment where terrible decisions can be made at lightning speed. We all know that when you rush, accidents happen. Not a big deal when you stub your toe hopping out of bed in the morning. Huge deal if you are misinterpreting Chinese movements in the South China Sea or Russian military exercises near the Baltics.

    Second, espionage. Without a credible, objective, and trusted guarantor of institutional accountability, nobody knows what is true. While the rise of alternative media allowed the people to circumvent the traditional media, it is a double-edged sword. It has lessened the power of the MSM, but unverified rumors and “fake news” are now being reported as facts. Doubt in traditional media is being exploited to steer eyes, clicks, and inevitably, dollars to new media outlets that have no accountability or lack sufficient journalistic integrity.

    Intelligence services find such an environment ripe for exploitation, leveraging that doubt to their own ends in the form of spoofing, false flags, malware, phishing scams, etc. Further, expect more Bradley Mannings and Edward Snowdens and “Fat Leonard” scandals. With faith in our institutions crumbling, disenchanted individuals may increasingly ask why they should risk their necks to continue to prop up a corrupt and dying system.

    The media has its work cut out for it. Credibility, once lost, is incredibly difficult to regain. But regain it they must, one unbiased article at a time. Bottom line, without the lodestars of accountable government and objective media, America risks losing her bearings and sailing blindly into stormy seas."
     
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    So much for the so-called American Dream.
     
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    ..... It's sad to say, but I've been predicting something along these lines since I first entered high school. With the influx of the internet and the rate that social media spreads both BS and info around, people are being exposed for things that shouldn't be while the innocent are slowly turning apathetic and dissuaded to try something in fear of mob-like attacks and targeted rumor mills.
     
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    I have given this matter some thought, doing a bit of research and pondering over the issue of fake news in our time, and I remembered hearing of a fake news incident in my History class at school. From what I remember and what I could find, the fake news I heard of in school seems to have been about the Ulster Massacres, where it was reported that 200,000 English settlers to Ireland were killed by Irish rebels, but the real figure was around 4000. This fake news reporting was to have the effect of prompting the English Parliament to enact a military campaign against the Irish rebels, but such was not undertaken until Cromwell retook the country after the Civil War.

    Fake news is not a modern day phenomenon, and it has been done throughout history for all sorts of reasons, but mainly political. Here is an article by the Scientific American that provides three other examples of fake news throughout history:

    https://blogs.scientificamerican.co...ctice/three-historical-examples-of-fake-news/

    What the article says at the end is particularly apt:

    "These are three examples, but there are countless others. Not to mention the cases where newspapers themselves created news to sell papers--the New York Sun was notorious for this kind of behavior and featured a six part series on fantastic lunar discoveries made by one Sir John Herschel. In all of these cases, there were signs of falsification but they were overlooked under the guise of authority.​

    "The trust we place in the written word hearkens back to the rarity and expense of producing printed material. Words become permanent on paper and take on a life of their own. Handing someone the Donation of Constantine or a letter from a Templar Grand Master has a finality to it. In that vein, there is also something about the sameness of the experience of print. The idea that different people can get a piece of paper that states the same thing is powerful. It's equalizing. It's easy to trust the information in this case because accepting that a huge group of people are being misled is, well, unbelievable. There isn't a way to prevent fake news entirely but it starts with critical reading and conversations."​

    Government attempts to censor fake news will either end in total failure or said government will engage in a pointless war against publishers in which they impose almost Orwellian style censorship policies supported by bureaucracies that continually find, censor, and ban any information that they deem as 'fake news'; all of which could be abused in order for governments to control information released to the public.

    As the article suggests, the only reliable way to combat fake news, whether they come from the traditional media or from the alternative media, is through critical reading and analysis, and engaging in conversations to debate the reliability of such stories.

    In addition, it ought to be noted that all news, regardless as to who wrote it or what it is about, is all spun in one way or another to provoke a certain reaction and opinion from the reader. The first lesson of my politics classes at college was to understand that all news articles are not to be viewed as reliable sources of information, they are not academic journals but essentially politicised gossip columns, and everything read from them ought to be viewed critically. Some news providers are less unreliable than others, and some do, for the most part, stick to the facts and then sensationalise the piece with carefully selected language. From experience, it seems that the spiralling decline of quality in the news is worst in the US, though I cannot confirm that. I have watched plenty of news broadcasts from US news providers, and they seem to be far more interested in ratings and sensationalising events to a certain effect than just informing the public of current affairs. British media is rather quite tame in comparison, but our news providers still put a spin on stories; it is just more subtle here, but it seems to be growing worse as of late. I cannot say what the situation on the mainland is like, but, from what certain people have commented on who live there, it seems the situation is not any better.

    Regardless, fake news is something that has been happening all throughout history, and it continues to this day. The remedy against being fooled by people who try to manipulate the public is simple; research, critical analysis, and engagement in discussions of current events.
     
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    Don't you just love fake news.
     
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