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In our daily lives, few things drive discourse and conversation more than the press. The coverage, investigation and reporting of news is the fuel that carries small conversation, political discourse and general around-the-water-cooler chatter. In our lives as social creatures, and our roles as citizens...
According to Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism along with the University of Oxford in a study of global online news consumers, more than half of all online users across the 36 countries interviewed (54 percent) say they use social media as a source of news each week. This ranges from up to...
From an early age, we hear phrases like, “ There’s no such thing as a free lunch ,” “Free comes at a price” and “Nothing is free.” These sayings capture the truth that there are few things in life that are truly given at no cost—there are usually strings...
Living in a “Post-Truth” World
The era of “post-truth” is on the rise. An adjective meaning “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”, post-truth was...
Last fall, Gallup announced that its latest polling data revealed a significant decline in the public's trust of media. The 8 percent drop brings the number of people with either a 'great deal' or a 'fair amount' of confidence in mass media to only 32 percent. This is the lowest result...
It’s not unheard of for TV shows—like Saturday Night Live—or parody news sites—like The Onion—to bend the latest headlines to their will for the sake of comedy. But recently, headlines have trumpeted a disturbing trend: the rise of deliberately misleading or even entirely...