Media critic and educator Neil Postman’s 1985 book ‘Amusing Ourselves to Death’ warned of the dangers when all media is entertainment, especially when people lack critical media literacy skills.
Students -- and indeed all of us -- must learn to ask questions about what stories are told, and the implications of what stories are not being told.
Facebook’s Mia Garlick says, ‘we’re frequently seeing politicians use the Facebook Live tool to augment a press conference or to directly speak to voters about the issues of importance of the day.’
Facebook’s Mia Garlick on how Australian politicians are using social media.
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Today's Media Files podcast examines the role of social media in election campaigns, including the spread of 'fake news' and foreign political interference.
People could be asked to prove their identity to continuing posting political content or adverts on Facebook.
Trump speaks with reporters in the Oval Office, April 14, 2019.
The president's blame-the-press rhetoric is, to the news media, calculated to score political points. But are there real problems US journalists need to address in their work? Yes, says one scholar.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces the election at a press conference on April 11. The election campaign so far has thrown up many challenges for those covering it.
In this election, it's not just two parties and candidates that need closer scrutiny – it's the media landscape itself.
The integrity of Australia’s election process is under unprecedented pressure during this election.
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With a fake news scandal already marking this election campaign, questions remain about how well our democracy can cope with it.
Claims of ‘fake news’ and misinformation campaigns have already arisen in the federal election campaign, a problem the political parties and tech companies are ill-equipped to address.
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New regulations have been rolled out to counter the spread of misinformation during the campaign, but these steps will largely be ineffective in the fast-moving social media sphere
Your memory can play tricks with you so best not to let fake news get through in the first place.
Why is it that some 'fake news' gets us remembering things that are not true? It depends on how our memory works, and there are ways we can avoid being duped.
"Fake news" even rears its head in academic spaces.
The biggest little bird in the nest.
On the back of the Mueller investigation's apparent exoneration of the POTUS, here's another surprise.
India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi.
This is a transcript of part one of The Anthill's podcast series, India Tomorrow, on fake news and information wars.
India Tomorrow part 1 explores how fake news and the battle for information shapes Indian society.
A supporter of Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro shouts at journalists gathered in front of the Brazilian National Conference of Bishops in Brasilia, where the presidential candidate for the Workers’ Party (PT), Fernando Haddad, is holding a meeting with Catholic leaders, on October 11, 2018.
In a context of defiance against media, how can journalists recover the public's trust and their image of "truth tellers"? Brazil provides a few examples.
In the first year of ‘Russiagate’ coverage, the combined profits from Fox News, MSNBC and CNN increased by 13 percent.
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For the rest of us, it's another sign of the country's eroding media and political landscape.
Children from a Roma community play in a camp that was attacked on March 2, 2019, in Bobigny, near Paris.
Since March 2019, 25 attacks against Roma people have taken place, especially after false rumours of child abductions. Why do such negative stereotypes spread and what social mechanisms do they trigger?
To fight fake news, it's crucial that science is spread in an understandable way.
Too many people are spurning democracy and being seduced by propaganda, fake news and political strongmen. This First World War poster shows a giant Gibson Girl as the symbol of democracy, punching a German soldier resembling Hindenburg.
Many citizens are searching for certainty and control in uncertain times. But that means too many are spurning democracy and being seduced by fake news and political strongmen. Democracy needs our help.
In the era of fake news, science can play a crucial role.
Since last year, Facebook has been taking down fake news accounts from countries all over the world.
Facebook has finally taken action on accounts spreading fake news on its platform.
Several flaws have already emerged in Facebook's new measures to stop improper political influence.