Posts by David Hood

  • Hard News: The fake news problem, in reply to Dennis Frank,

    The archetype was known as Hermes

    You could just as easily describe him as a seducer archetype as he was giving people what they wanted even if it was built on lies, and making rather a lot of money in the process (in interviews, Jestin Coler plays up the confusing the right-wing aspect, but in a "follow the money" kind of way he made rather a lot of income from doing so).

    My compassion tends to be for the innocent people put at risk by the readership of these stories acting on what they believe to be true.

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  • Hard News: The fake news problem,

    Bruce, correct. It is essentially meaningless (expect for how individual states assign their electoral college votes and those numbers have been stripped of that context).

    If one was talking counties, you could say Clinton lost the counties by a little over 100000 votes. As the right votes in the right counties would have flipped enough to change the electoral college result. But that would be equally meaningless.

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  • Hard News: The fake news problem, in reply to Farmer Green,

    It is false, http://www.snopes.com/trump-won-3084-of-3141-counties-clinton-won-57/

    It is true that Trump won the countryside and Clinton won the cities, but anywhere promulgating stories like that as fact is spreading known falsehoods and should not be trusted as a source.

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  • Hard News: The fake news problem,

    Certainly, I would get no pleasure from saying "I told you so" in a sixth mass extinction event.

    Also given rationality is learned, and unlearned, I'm not sure it works in a survival of the fittest inherited traits kind of way.

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  • Legal Beagle: Retraction: Three Strikes…,

    Seconding Andrew's comment.

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  • Hard News: The fake news problem,

    Since the discussion veered to phosphate a page or so back, this seems a topical globalisation related article http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/11/the-desert-rock-that-feeds-the-world/508853/

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    Saw this reporting about the uber/juno struggle in New York:

    http://www.recode.net/2016/11/28/13768756/uber-driver-deactivation-juno-advertising-new-york

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  • Hard News: The fake news problem,

    Something has changed- the U.S. election was seen as having unprecedented amounts of fake news, in many cases created by people deliberately to earn a living from successful Facebook shares of the "news" material- if you follow the money the economic incentive is new. So discussion of fake news has increased dramatically since October

    https://www.google.co.nz/trends/explore?q=fake%20news,propaganda

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  • Legal Beagle: The Greg King Memorial…,

    As it is about a year since this was active, while the reporting of crime has changed, I can note that, if anything, the number of unique offenders per head population for the violentish crimes above proceeding to court seems to have steadily increased (and it certainly hasn't gone down).

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  • Hard News: The fake news problem, in reply to Farmer Green,

    I don't think anyone considers or has claimed propaganda to be novel,

    p.s. if you did due diligence on the zero hedge article, there were several misrepresentations in it. Possibly most ironically that they had been called a fake news site. They hadn't. They had appeared on a list of sites post fake articles, or misleading articles or clickbait. And their response was to publish an article that misrepresented what the list was about (there are other misrepresentations in the article- like that the list only targeted right-wing sites, which fall apart if people actually check).

    Tim O'Reilly recently published his thoughts on identifying made up or misleading stories https://medium.com/@timoreilly/how-i-detect-fake-news-ebe455d9d4a7#.9eis4ntz9

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