Believe in Something. Even if it Means Making a Lot of Money.

Believe in Something. Even if it Means Making a Lot of Money.

Next time you see a successful company or politician doing something controversial, just consider: who is being targeted? If you're getting angry, it's probably not you. If you're getting excited, you're the one being manipulated by the advertising.

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There Has Always Been Fake News--And We Can Learn From That

There Has Always Been Fake News--And We Can Learn From That

What better way to discredit something than to call it "fake news?" What better way to subtly deride your political opposition by bemoaning the "post-truth world" that we now live in?

It seems difficult to argue against the idea that fake news plays a larger role in our society today than it did 10 or 20 years ago. But there's a risk to thinking that we are in some unique moment in history, or having false nostalgia for some time back in the day when everything was trustworthy and you didn't have to be a discerning reader.

The good news: fake news may come in historical cycles that ebb and flow. That’s also the bad news.

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Roy Moore's Loss Doesn't Tell Us Much About Alabama

Roy Moore's Loss Doesn't Tell Us Much About Alabama

While Jones' victory does have major implications for US politics, much of the media makes a mistake by taking the result of a slim margin and extrapolating it as a bellwether for the entire state or nation. 

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Dangerous Media Sensationalism on North Korea

Dangerous Media Sensationalism on North Korea

Did you hear that the US declared war on North Korea? If you've been reading a lot of major news outlets, you'd have every reason to believe so. However the real story--with all the context--paints a very different picture.

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How to Combat the "Fake News" War

How to Combat the "Fake News" War

rump is a big fan of calling various news networks "fake news," especially when they report something about him he doesn't like, such as poll numbers. Having a president so antagonistic against the media is certainly new in American politics, even though yellow journalism has been a thing for years, and Republicans coined the term "liberal media" years ago.

What can be done about it?

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How Big and Powerful Is the Alt Right?

How Big and Powerful Is the Alt Right?

The Alt-Right remains probably the least-understood political phenomenon on the United States right now. There is very little consensus about what they stand for, who is in it besides a few celebrities and internet trolls, how many they are, and how powerful they are.

I decided to do some research. I even spent time running around chat boards like Reddit and 4Chan, and reading Breitbart. Fair warning, I have no conclusive answers--but that, in itself, is a finding, suggesting that anyone who is telling you they know that the Alt-Right is such-and-such is probably full of it.

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News Sucks Because We Consume It Differently Now

News Sucks Because We Consume It Differently Now

President Trump addressed Congress on March 1st, and as soon as it was over, headlines popped up at every major news outlet in the country.

And they were all very, very different. It shows us a bit about how news sucks... but why does it?

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Grasping at the Fake News Straw--and Why it Matters

Grasping at the Fake News Straw--and Why it Matters

So Fake news is fake news.

By which I mean, "fake news" is fake news. Not that there's no fake news. But it's not really much in the way of news. Or it shouldn't be.

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How You Got Wedged

How You Got Wedged

Have you ever wondered why it seems the people that disagree with you are so unreasonable?

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