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Fake News Isn't New; History Offers A Way To Fight It - MediaShift

Fake News Isn't New; History Offers A Way To Fight It - MediaShift | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Imagine opening your morning newspaper (itself a novelty these days) and finding a story about, not just life, but entire civilizations on another planet, attributed to one of the world’s foremost astronomers. Would you believe it, or might you suspect that some “alternative facts” had found their way to your doorstep?


Back in 1835, many readers in New York ended up believing just such a tale. The New York Sun, then one of the city’s leading newspapers, printed an elaborate six-part series about exotic animals living on the moon (including human-like creatures with wings), purportedly discovered through a gigantic newfangled telescope. The source of the information was Sir John Herschel, who was an actual real-life astronomer but had nothing whatsoever to do with the Sun’s scoop.


Rough image of lithograph of “ruby amphitheater” described in the New York Sun newspaper in August 1835.


Public domain image.Somebody at the Sun (just who remains something of a mystery) made the whole thing up, in an effort to goose its circulation. The hoax did eventually unravel, although the newspaper never retracted the story.


Today, of course, we are battling similarly fake news, found not only in dark corners of the Internet but in mainstream venues such as Facebook. Yet, even in our “post-truth” world, it is still virtually unthinkable that a major newspaper in a major U.S. city would publish information that it knew to be demonstrably false....


Via Jeff Domansky
rodrick rajive lal's insight:
Fake News is certainly not new! Joseph Goebells used fake news combined with propaganda techniques to spread deliberate miss-information. Socialist Governments in the Pre-Berlin wall era used fake news to keep the 'herd' together. 
 
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, May 18, 2017 9:04 AM

Fake news has a "storied" history in journalism and Rich Shumate shares a great example from the New York Sun in 1835. Recommended reading! 10/10

Lezen over media's curator insight, May 22, 2017 8:11 AM
Leven op de maan - nepnieuws uit 1835.
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Fake news is a convenient scapegoat, but the big 2016 problem was the real news

Fake news is a convenient scapegoat, but the big 2016 problem was the real news | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Speaking in early December at a ceremony to honor Harry Reid’s retirement from the US Senate, Hillary Clinton took aim at a target that would have been totally unfamiliar to audiences as recently as the summer of 2016: fake news.


She spoke of “an epidemic” of the stuff that has “flooded social media” over the past year and “can have real-world consequences.”


This was reported largely as commentary on the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, which had recently led to an alarming armed standoff at DC’s Comet Ping Pong restaurant. But it was also pretty clearly an allusion to her own recently failed presidential campaign, especially because she spoke favorably of the idea of bipartisan legislation to curb foreign propaganda news, arguing that “it is imperative that leaders in both the private and public sector step up to protect our democracy and innocent lives.”...


Via Jeff Domansky
rodrick rajive lal's insight:
Fake news has been used to boost TRP ratings and sales of newspapers in the vernacular languages in India. 2016 will be marked as the year when Fake News ruled the roost! The problem with Fake News is that there is a grave danger of people beginning to believe in it. While no doubt, Fake News can be the latest tool for lampooning specific people, its partisan nature might also whip up communal tension. In a society that is getting fragmented, Fake News could only be Bad News! 
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 20, 2016 10:53 AM

You can’t blame Macedonian teens for disastrously email-centric coverage. Fake news has always been a social media reality. We just haven't figured out how to deal with it. My 2017 prediction? Mainstream media will flail helplessly against fake news again in 2017.

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Fake News Scores Top Earned Media Ratings | MediaPost

Fake News Scores Top Earned Media Ratings | MediaPost | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

The topic of “fake news” continues to show strong earned media results.

 

In February, “fake news” was the strongest rising topical trend when it came to earned media, according to mediaQuant, an earned media researcher.

 

Overall, discussion around fake news rose 23% -- now scoring a media rating of 94; it had earned a 93 score in January. Over the previous six months, it had been averaging a 71 media rating score.

 

Earned media is defined as press interviews and appearances on all media, including TV, radio, online and print publications.The topic of fake news has produced 42.4 million “mentions” and 64.2 million over the last 12 months.  Media value estimated for coverage of “fake news” has amounted to $270.3 million in February. Over the last 12 months, mediaQuant says its media value has been $388.7 million....


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rodrick rajive lal's insight:
Fake news generates top media ratings until it is exposed! Sometimes Fake news continues to generate ratings even after it is exposed because of the outrageous claims that it makes! Fake news  is also a pre-launch gimmick used by manufacturing houses to promote their products.
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, February 14, 2017 1:43 AM

No faking these fake news numbers!