We know targeted political adverts contribute to polarisation, but commerical ones leave us fragmented too.
Are you open to new ideas and willing to change your mind?
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Science denial is not new, but researchers have learned a lot about it. Here’s why it exists, how everyone is susceptible to it in one way or another and steps to take to overcome it.
These psychological tendencies explain why an onslaught of facts won’t necessarily change anyone’s mind.
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Cognitive shortcuts help you efficiently move through a complicated world. But they come with an unwelcome side effect: Facts aren’t necessarily enough to change your mind.
Research shows Google News results often prioritise mainstream media over smaller news businesses. It’s a double-edged sword. While local outlets suffer, it’s actually better for readers.
President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. had thousands of empty seats, thanks at least in part to the actions of teenagers who mobilized on the social media platform TikTok.
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If teenagers organizing on social media can hamper a presidential campaign rally, how challenging is it to manipulate elections?
Animosity between partisan voters has grown in recent years.
A person’s political identity is wrapped up in almost everything they do. Exposure to opinions from the other side actually makes it worse.
Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The fourth is the Oxford-style debate series, this article argues that “the impact reflected by Trump is here to stay”.
Pro-tolerance march in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2015.
Diversity is an enormously appealing and powerful concept, yet it can also distract us from the focus we need to face today’s pressing social issues. So what’s the way forward?
People who share potential misinformation on Twitter (in purple) rarely get to see corrections or fact-checking (in orange).
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Information on social media can be misleading because of biases in three places – the brain, society and algorithms. Scholars are developing ways to identify and display the effects of these biases.
How data is changing the shape of our personal ‘bubble’ – in pictures.
Information warfare in cyberspace could replace reason and reality with rage and fantasy.
Simulation models show just how effectively fake news and propaganda can shift opinions.
How should your social media data be accessed and used by researchers?
Harvesting data from Facebook’s users is within the rules, I should know, I’ve done this kind of research myself. But the latest scandal may make it harder for us to get any useful data.
What these people are seeing isn’t real – but they might think it is.
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As the internet-connected world reels from revelations about personalized manipulation based on Facebook data, a scholar of virtual reality warns there’s an even bigger crisis of trust on the horizon.
There are widespread fears that so-called echo chambers and filter bubbles are leading to political polarization that poses a danger to democracy. But are the fears unfounded?
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Despite fears that so-called echo chambers are causing political polarization, a new study suggests it’s not the case.
Message from the Unseen World, an installation of a Turing-inspired algorithm reciting a poem.
by Nick Drake.
Today’s communications platforms and the algorithms that power them have led to a radical change in how public discourse is conducted and public opinion formed.
Some of the Facebook and Instagram ads used in 2016 election released by members of the U.S. House Intelligence committee.
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A scholar asks whether democracy itself is at risk in a world where social media is creating deeply polarized groups of individuals who tend to believe everything they hear.
Don’t panic: An international survey finds concerns about fake news are overblown.
Concerns over filter bubbles and fake news are often based on anecdotal evidence. There is relatively little systematic research on the topic; a new survey finds widespread fears are unwarranted.
Tired of seeing the same thing on Twitter?
Twitter is made up of numerous communities clustered around all manner of topics. If all you see is the same, it’s time to break out of your filter bubble.
My Country // Sarah Lee
Scrutinising the output of a national theatre at a time of rising nationalism is a worthwhile activity, but it needs either radical intention or emotional insight.
Divided we fall.
We’re keen to collaborate with more Australian media organisations to help restore some of the trust we’ve all lost.