Folks PREFER Lies!

How can we create a news ecosystem ... that values and promotes truth?”

Huge Study Says
"Tell Me What I Want to Hear"
... is where a lot of us are right now.

Huge Study, reported in Flipboard

Though the study is written in the clinical language of statistics, it offers a methodical indictment of the accuracy of information that spreads on these platforms. A false story is much more likely to go viral than a real story, the authors find. A false story reaches 1,500 people six times quicker, on average, than a true story does. And while false stories outperform the truth on every subject—including business, terrorism and war, science and technology, and entertainment—fake news about politics regularly does best.

And politics becomes lies.

There's a lot of good reporting on our new(est) culture of lying. In VOX, there is a great line:

How do politicians get so comfortable with lying? One theory: practice.

The unscrupulous politician will keep lying when he learns it WORKS.

It gets re-tweeted, re-posted and sprayed around all the world seven times as fast as truth!

In short, social media seems to systematically amplify falsehood at the expense of the truth, and no one—neither experts nor politicians nor tech companies—knows how to reverse that trend. It is a dangerous moment for any system of government premised on a common public reality.



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