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Facebook’s 2016 Election Team Gave Advertisers A Blueprint To A Divided US

The company offered advertisers a breakdown of the US electorate's interests, religions, races, and dislikes during a fraught election season compromised by bad actors.<p>During the 2016 election season, Facebook provided political advertisers with a targetable breakdown of a fractured United States, …

The Week In Fact-Checking: CNN's fruit analogy, debunking owl sex and a Hollywood fact check

The Week in Fact-Checking is a newsletter about fact-checking and accountability journalism, from Poynter's

Journalism

Tap to advance: the rise and rise of the horizontal story

Another month, another set of new feature launches: this time the longform blogging platform <b>Medium</b> announcing ‘<b>Series</b>‘, a “new type of story”, then …

Apps

How The New York Times decides which stories to link to (and which ones to match)

Even though The New York Times has a staff of more than 1,000 journalists that produce roughly 230 articles per day — the equivalent of a daily Harry …

The End of Victory Culture: Cold War America and the Disillusioning of a Generation (Revised Edition with new preface and afterword)

In a substantial new afterword to his classic account of the collapse of American triumphalism in the wake of World War II, Tom Engelhardt carries …

Is the World Slouching Toward a Grave Systemic Crisis?

History is punctuated by catalytic episodes—events that can become guideposts toward a more open and civilized world.<p><i>On August 5, Philip Zelikow delivered the following keynote address at the annual meeting of the Aspen Strategy Group, a discussion forum for experts and government practitioners.</i> …

Political Science

It is Americans who have undermined democracy in America

<i>While Russian meddling is real, we need to face the fact that Putin’s not ultimately responsible for the rise of Trump.</i><p>Since democracy in America has …

Antagonist examples: How to write great adversaries

Literature is full of fantastic antagonists who make it hard for the story’s central characters to reach their goals. Read antagonist examples from …

Writing

The trolling presidency

How voters' fear of the opposing party enables Trump's bizarre behavior.<p>Say what you will about President Donald Trump’s hiring of financier Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director, but it’s a damn good troll.<p>The appointment — which caused press secretary Sean Spicer to resign and …

The Mainstream Media Has No Business Bitching About “Conspiracy Theories”

The <i>New York Times</i> has published an article titled “A Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theorist, a False Tweet and a Runaway Story”, condemning things that a …

How the Left Can Combat Its Own Fake News Problem

<i>This is a transcript of the</i> <i>May 23</i> <i>edition of Trumpcast, a discussion with Zack Beauchamp, a</i> Vox <i>senior writer, about</i> <i>the rise of fake news</i> <i>on the left.</i> …

In her bubble, Kathy Griffin thought nothing was out of bounds in mocking Trump

Imagine living in a bubble so impermeable, it didn’t occur to you that retailing a photograph of a decapitated president’s head would be a horrendous …

One of the Biggest Media Stories of 2017 Is Something Nobody’s Talking About

The huge gap in Trump coverage isn’t just between the left and the right.<p>(A version of this column originally appeared on Poynter.org.)<p>If you watched cable news Thursday morning, you might have simply assumed the Trump presidency is in peril—unless you turned to local news. That’s the case for most …

Researchers: U.S. Far-Right Activists, WikiLeaks And Bots Help Amplify Macron Leaks

A leak of emails from the French presidential candidate renewed questions about whether social media companies have done enough.<p>U.S. far-right activists helped amplify a leak of hacked emails belonging to leading French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s campaign, some researchers said on …

Social Media

MacronLeaks is final twist in surreal French election campaign

Latest attack probably too obvious to substantially alter result and may in fact have opposite effect to what hackers want<p>The Saturday preceding presidential elections in France is usually quiet. By law, the electoral campaign is suspended for the final 48 hours before the polling stations close. …

The suicide of expertise: Glenn Reynolds

Americans might look back on the last 50 years and say, “What have experts done for us lately?”<p>According to <i>Foreign Affairs</i> magazine, Americans reject the advice of experts so as "to insulate their fragile egos from ever being told they’re wrong.” That’s in support of a book by Tom Nichols called <i>The</i> …

Political Science

Do Fans Generate Transtexts?: An Interview with Benjamin Derhy Kurtz and Mélanie Bourdaa (Part One)

Over the last few installments, I’ve been sharing an interview with Matthew Freeman, the author of a new book which takes us into the …

Transmedia

US Power Will Decline Under Trump, Says Futurist Who Predicted Soviet Collapse

We talked to Nobel Prize-nominated Johan Galtung, who predicted that someone like Trump would win the US, and that it will trigger a decline in power.<p>Johan Galtung, a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated sociologist who predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union, warned that US global power will collapse …

The Propaganda About Russian Propaganda

In late October, I received an e-mail from “The PropOrNot Team,” which described itself as a “newly-formed independent team of computer scientists, statisticians, national security professionals, journalists and political activists, dedicated to identifying propaganda—particularly Russian …

The U.S. Navy in an Irregular Baltic Conflict: Seapower’s Role in Countering Russian Hybrid Warfare

Editor’s Note: The article below is derived from a forthcoming CNA report. The paper, tentatively titled <i>Baltic Contingencies and the Role of Sea …

What next now the news media has lost

You can see the future coming.<p>Original sharing on <b>Facebook</b> has seen a “double-digit decline“; the company is paying media companies and celebrities …

The first colour photographs of Russia

Agnotology - The Big Picture

Fascinating discussion via Wired‘s Clive Thompson, and Stanford historian of science Robert Proctor, on <b>Agnotology</b>:<p>“When it comes to many contentious …

Dutch Design Collective Fights Propaganda with Propaganda

Metahaven has created multi-platform propaganda meant to reveal the propaganda we unwittingly interact with today.<p>Sometimes the best approach to resistance is to operate within an institution’s own parameters; a.k.a., fighting fire with fire. This is the point of departure for Dutch design …

Can Virtual Reality Save Journalism?

We’re in the midst of another “journalism is screwed” news cycle, spurred by layoffs and missed revenue targets at a number of promising digital …

Introducing MetricShift, Dedicated to Media Metrics, Analytics and Impact

When I began analyzing newsroom metrics, the emphasis was on things you could easily measure. Pageviews were hot. Everyone wanted more pageviews. …

The future of journalism post-Panama Papers

But big data leaks and collaborative projects are also challenging the supremacy of traditional media outlets and lone-wolf investigative …

Twitter driving just 1.5 pc traffic for news organizations: Study

Although micro-blogging site Twitter has been providing fodder for news hunters for years, new research shows that there’s been a sharp decline in …

A Psycho-Emotional Human Security Analytical Framework: Origin and Epidemiology of Violent Extremism and Radicalization of Refugees

By: Patrick J. Christian, Aleksandra Nesic, David Sniffen, Tasneem Aljehani, Khaled Al Sumairi, Narayan B. Khadka, Basimah Hallawy and Binamin …

War