Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Trump’s success to date doesn’t stem from Internet filter bubbles

Columnist Doug Saunders found some interesting research that debunks the belief that large chunks of the electorate in the Internet age have retreated into “filter bubbles,” zones where they only consume information that validates previously held opinions.

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Sat, October 1 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Trump’s success to date doesn’t stem from Internet filter bubbles

White nationalists more active on Twitter than Islamic State

Compared to Islamic State, white nationalists and neo-Nazis operating mainly in the U.S. do so with “relative impunity” and have far more followers, a new report has found.

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Thu, September 1 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on White nationalists more active on Twitter than Islamic State

Using social media to report on Islamic State

Rukmini Callamachi covers Islamic State and al Qaeda for the New York Times. This Wired Q-and-A looks at how she uses social media to further her journalism.

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Sat, August 6 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Using social media to report on Islamic State

Keeping the myth-busting Snopes.com afloat in a surging sea of lies

Snopes.com has assigned itself the mission of correcting urban legends and debunking Internet rumours. What to do with a lying machine like U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump?

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Thu, August 4 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Keeping the myth-busting Snopes.com afloat in a surging sea of lies

Terrorists and the Dark Web

It’s tough to enter if you don’t have specialized software, but the part of the Internet called the Dark Web is becoming increasingly important to so-called lone-wolf terrorists and the organizations that seek to motivate them.

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Sat, July 16 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Terrorists and the Dark Web

Washington Post winds down its Internet hoax-debunking column

From the Washington Post (“What was fake on the Internet this week: Why this is the final column“), by Caitlin Dewey: There is nothing — NOTHING — too crazy for the Internet hoax beat. Pregnancy by flu shot? Six days of total darkness? In the past 82 weeks, I’m prettyyyy sure I’ve seen just about everything.

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Sat, December 19 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Washington Post winds down its Internet hoax-debunking column

Meet Violentacrez, the king troll of Reddit

Adrian Chen of Gawker has written a remarkable story about a 49-year-old family man who is responsible for some of the worst content on Reddit, the sprawling online community called the Internet’s front page.

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Sat, October 13 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Meet Violentacrez, the king troll of Reddit

The ‘dark’ social network

Web 2.0 did not mark the start of the social Internet, argues Alexis Madrigal of The Atlantic. And the untraceable dark/direct sharing from tools such as instant messages and email still account for almost 70 per cent of the total social sharing at media sites, Madrigal wrote in an Oct. 12 posting.

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Sat, October 13 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The ‘dark’ social network

Can mainstream media compete with propaganda?

In the wake of the controversial Stop Kony video campaign aimed at accused African war criminal Joseph Kony, which has garnered more than 78 million YouTube views and counting, Globe and Mail writer Simon Houpt suggests that the term “mainstream media” is now obsolete. Maybe a corollary issue is that effectively-distributed propaganda, even the well-meaning […]

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Wed, March 14 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Can mainstream media compete with propaganda?

Tweeting the Tori Stafford trial

It was probably the most disturbing day of testimony heard in a Canadian court since evidence was presented in the Russell Williams case. So how did reporters handle the job of tweeting the evidence in the first-degree murder trial of Michael Rafferty in connection with the death of Woodstock, Ont. girl Tori Stafford? I looked […]

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