'Alternative facts' are cons
Should journalists cover both sides of an argument when one side is advancing what experts widely regard as a falsehood?
Online parenting communities pulled closer to extreme groups spreading misinformation
Social media feeds the spread of misinformation, leaving social media platforms struggling under the deluge of new material that is posted every day.
Children exposed to a brand a minute
Wearable, automatic cameras provided an unprecedented view of a child's daily exposure to marketing, revealing they were bombarded with consumption messages in school, at home and in-store.
Computer model explains the spread of misinformation
It starts with a superspreader, and winds its way through a network of interactions, eventually leaving no one untouched. Those who have been exposed previously may only experience mild effects. No, it’s not COVID-19. It’s the contagious spread of misinformation and disinformation— misinformation that’s fully intended to deceive.
Facebook advertising can be targeted at a specific person
Personalization of online advertising based on our search history and preferences is not a new phenomenon. However, this new study highlights how ads can be personalized and sent to a specific person via the Facebook ad platform using just the user’s interests.
People only pay attention to new information when they want to
How often do you visit websites that you disagree with? If you watch MSNBC do you also tune into Fox News? If you subscribe to the Sydney Morning Herald, do you also subscribe to the Australian? To the Daily Mail and the Guardian? How often do you really listen to the opinions of people that you don’t agree with?
"Ownership" in the age of Google
How does the model of legal access, in which consumers purchase temporary access rights to goods and services owned and used by others, effect psychological ownership?
Researchers link poor memory to media multitasking
Why do some of us have better memory recall than others? Things that happen even before you begin remembering are going to affect your memory recall and some of these factors are already within our control.
Seeing no longer believing: the manipulation of online images
Image editing software is so ubiquitous and easy to use it has the power to re-imagine history, with deadline-driven journalists lacking the tools to tell the difference, especially when the images come through from social media.
Rising stress, depression in US linked to pandemic-related losses, media consumption
New research highlights the connection between mental health and exposure to media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting the need to step away from the television, computer or smartphone to protect psychological well-being.
Social media platforms can contribute to dehumanizing people
Online platforms can normalize hatred and contribute to dehumanization. The wider problem is the dehumanizing of so many aspects of our society, leading to mental illness and a diminution of the value of human beings in general.
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