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How technology disrupted the truth

Social media has swallowed the news

Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism

 

The long read

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/jul/12/how-technology-disrupted-the-truth

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In the digital age, it is easier than ever to publish false information, which is quickly shared and taken to be true.

‘A truly Faustian bargain’: Facebook’s Instant Articles allows news content to load quickly, but at what cost?

Here is the news – but only if  Facebook thinks you need to know

illustration by Sébastien Thibault

Twenty-five years after the first website went online, it is clear that we are living through a period of dizzying transition. For 500 years after Gutenberg, the dominant form of information was the printed page:

The former home of the South Wales Evening Post.

 

 

 

The former home of the South Wales Evening Post – the title moved to smaller premises two years ago.

 

Donald Trump

 

The rise of Donald Trump is ‘a symptom of the mass media’s growing weakness’, according to academic Zeynep Tufekci. Photograph: Jim Cole/AP

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