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(740 posts)
Fri Apr 29, 2016, 05:25 PM Apr 2016

Links for people against those who continue to spread lies...

...about Hillary.

I'm just going to start throwing these links at them. I don't know if it'll work but this is getting scary.

How The Internet Is Helping In The Spread Of Misinformation

When the internet first arrived it was supposed to revolutionize the way we access information. Information was supposed to be at our fingertips. It has succeeded in doing so for the most part, but ironically, the internet has ensured that lies, half-truths, and distortions of facts are also equally accessible to us as actual facts from credible sources. This would not be such a big problem if people who were immersed in such myth and dogma lived in their own bubble in one corner of the internet. Many such myths are shockingly mainstream.


To tackle the spread of misinformation online we must first understand it
The top three issues highlighted for 2014 concerned rising societal tensions in the Middle East and north Africa; widening income disparities; and persistent structural unemployment. Perhaps surprisingly, in tenth place was a concern over the rapid spread of misinformation online, and specifically social media's role in this. With a value of 3.35 on a scale of 1-5 this was seen as "somewhat to very significant".


How misinformation on the internet is making us dumber
First, don’t assume misinformation is obviously distinguishable from true information. Be careful. If the matter is important, perhaps you can start your search with the Internet; just don’t end there. Consult and consider other sources of authority. There is a reason why your doctor suffered medical school, why your financial advisor studied to gain that license.

Second, don’t do what conspiracy theorists did in the Facebook study. They readily spread stories that already fit their worldview. As such, they practiced confirmation bias, giving credence to evidence supporting what they already believed. As a consequence, the conspiracy theories they endorsed burrowed themselves into like-minded Facebook communities who rarely questioned their authenticity.

Instead, be a skeptic. Psychological research shows that groups designating one or two of its members to play devil’s advocates – questioning whatever conclusion the group is leaning toward – make for better-reasoned decisions of greater quality.

Links for people against those who continue to spread lies... (Original Post) JSup Apr 2016 OP
I appreciate it, JSup. brer cat Apr 2016 #1
I don't think... JSup Apr 2016 #2
Bookmarking! Thanks much! Lucinda Apr 2016 #3
K&R. nt UtahLib Apr 2016 #4

brer cat

(23,181 posts)
1. I appreciate it, JSup.
Fri Apr 29, 2016, 05:33 PM
Apr 2016

However, nothing is going to change the Hillary haters. They seek out and believe anything that reinforces their view no matter how much it is debunked.


(740 posts)
2. I don't think...
Fri Apr 29, 2016, 05:41 PM
Apr 2016

...it would change their minds, no. But it might inoculate some on the edge; the more people that believe something the more 'real' it becomes (like spinach and iron used to be).

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