1. These ideas regarding the lack of integrity and accountability in traditional news outlets are ignoring the elephant in the room. Public trust laws and ownership monopolies rules were dismantled in the early 90s under Clinton by an interim chairman which created the scenario of fake news broadcasting. It is reversible. But there are deep pocketed investors who will resist. This includes the internet. The original rules for public communication were established after WW2 to eliminate propoganda in USA. It has taken about 25 years for the general public to notice…

  2. Quality post, thanks.

    Even centralized systems tend to minimize interactions among pre qualified groups. Managing data is different than managing intent and its methods; doing both together is fairly complex. For example Bible = data … Preachers and their message expressed in the typical practices found within the church.

    In current times people are moving away from centralized to systems close to nodes.

    Systems that use node structures depend on others to join to grow… but growing a network that way which is more private or exclusive requires some kind of centralization. Catch 22


  3. Good take, however I'm not so sure the Genii can be put back in the lamp… I'm disabled and retired these past 6 years and I've seen the transformation of social media from truth telling to who's truth telling… one person's truth is another person's big lie… I follow a meme called MGTOW, and I see it becoming more than a social and scientific approach to gender, but a blend of Right Wing or Left Wing Politics, where MRA/MGTOW is Right Wing, and Feminism is Left Wing… and it is suppose to colour a person's way of thinking… which is rubbish… the Kek, Kekistan, and Pepe Meme went the same way, from an inclusive to exclusive Alt-Right Group which expelled those who were Socialist…

    it has even crept into my conversations with my children… they see stuff online and accept it uncritically as gospel, not questioning the source or the content… that disturbs me… as even during the Cold War (Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War) I was willing and able to surf the television and newspapers and come to conclusions for myself… that skill seems to be absent from the post Boomer. Millennial and Centennial Generations… It seems like a team sport now, where I have my side and it's correct one (even had to self censor, right to correct as right has a lot more weight behind it these days, as language has changed) and it is sad, for social interactions when they become competitive like on field sports games… some thing gets lost…

  4. Why are liberals complaining about less big news networks and smaller news agencies building a following on platforms like YouTube, Facebook,etc aren't they for smaller buisnesses

  5. Funny that its called social media when in fact there's nothing social about it. Kant introduced the categorical imperative. It doesnt seem to apply when there is no actual social interaction.

  6. The thing is: People want information without paying for it, and they believe that it works. The news system was based on advertisment for local companies, jobs and similar. The internet offered faster news, so there was a shift. What did not happen is the understanding, that without paying for it means no money to hire journalists to investigate. Well, I fear this could only be just the beginning. Actually, the fun fact: People actually spent time on a system that filters which postings of their friends they can see and which not. And worse, companies spent millions of dollars on advertising without even knowing the actual outcome. Facebook for example has quite a lot of misguiding and wrong paid reach, but as everyone does it, companies feel the need to just do it, no matter what.

  7. Mainstream has verification but also editing. Social has no editing but not verification… "Don't believe everything you read" basically.

  8. Nobody saw those Macedonian stories. They are trying to pin the whole election on a few macedonian teens, it's pretty pathetic.

  9. the channel has good topics but the videos are extremely boring because of the way they are filmed/made.

  10. Mainstream media distributed fake news by the truckload long before social media.

    People who want to be told what to think, will seek a source of bullshit regardless. But people who want the truth, now have the resources to find it thanks to the internet.
    If people didn't have so little faith in the mainstream media, they would have never put in the effort to learn an alternative way. MSM only have themselves to blame.

  11. "News" changed when the large networks demanded that their news divisions must show a profit. Previous to that, they took pride in having great news coverage. So, the real news was already dead before your precious internet.

  12. The sad thing is that we still have good sources of traditional news, they're just useless in a debate on social networks, because, any time I post a story from the London Times, the Economist, Foreign Policy, heck, even The Onion – no one else can read those stories because they haven't bought a subscription yet. So instead, everyone posts the horrible fake news sites made by Macedonian teens – because you can. They make money without requiring subscriptions…

  13. The metabolism of the system is not emotion, it's control of your access to the "open" internet. The emotions can be filtered at whim. since the incoming FCC chief is for your phone company and ISP being free to monitor your behavior and decide what you receive, worries about "transparency" are moot.

  14. A fan of CNN for years….can longer turn it on. The despicable lies, bias and misinformation during the U.S. election 2016 a wakeup for many. Even BBC attempted to encourage voters in one direction. How can anyone ever trust MSM again (rhetorical)

  15. bring in more people that take about memes in non cringey manner like we saw here and discuss the effects of memetics on society on a macro and micro level.

  16. There are still many peer checked news platforms. It's your choice to believe everything that shows up on your social media feed..

    However I am concerned that clickbait titles are becoming more important than the actual content. But subscribing to a payed news letter or scientific paper can avoid this if you really want honest news.

  17. Traditional news networks and the new media, including google and Facebook are driven by advertising. Social media companies won't filter out fake news if it means losing ad revenue. The more outrageous the story, the more it gets shared and that makes Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page even wealthier. If advertisers put pressure on the likes on Facebook and Google not to place their adverts on certain sites, fake news would be starved of oxygen. I can't see that happening anytime soon.

  18. Social media caters to the unique taste of individuals who choose to believe what they want to believe.

  19. Media-hollywood news is not real and is too politically leftist so what's the difference between a lie and distorted thruth? If one lives in Monaco and the other lives in "a bad part of Brussels" ;who lives in reality?

  20. Like MSM aren't everywhere on the internet. MSM destroy themselves by having less credibility than an used car salesman. Social media is just there to fill the void MSM left behind.

  21. Face it almost no one trusts the mainstream media outlets. CNN, Fox, and the rest are full of it. Internet news is not much better at this time, but at least they show that there is more than the baloney the NYT, AP and others all willing to allow us to know about.

  22. The big issue right now is how this new way of sharing information is bumping up against our primitive biology that is evolved for living in tribes and sparse societies.
    All humans more or less validate their beliefs and what they think is true by looking at how people they trust think about something. The more, the stronger is the impression.
    This is obviously a huge issue since it is not a very good barometer for sniffing out the truth in something. And the internet is creating all these small islands(and sometimes not so small) online where people can gather around ideas in private, tapping into that primitive part of us.
    Yes that includes you reading this. And me.
    We might be good at evaluating some things quite well using information and reasoning in some instances. But no one can be good at everything and will inevitably fall for bad information.

    How do we deal with this beyond knowing about this bias? Not sure to be honest, and that scares me.

  23. Absolutely terrible video! The church was the first broadcast network? People have been sharing stories and values since well before the church started to organize people around it. We don't need "tried and true" FAKE NEWS organizations like CNN using some central authority to buy their way into the system we need a FREE MARKETPLACE of ideas whether or not you think it's "fake" or not.

    Let people be wrong and let bad ideas fail on their own. We don't need government meddling involved with free speech on the internet!

  24. Another pallbearer of the serial obituary of the newspaper. I heard after the dot com bust that around now would be the time the NYTimes would stop printing on newsprint. NYT can quote Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens on 'news' of his death being premature.

  25. Oliver, you have made zero attempt to hold the major networks accountable for their poor choices lack of comprehensive coverage of events that the public want to know about. I only find your monologue disingenuous and completely irrelevant to the Future.

  26. or essentially how the media got people to become the blind spreaders of information. and now they pass their garbage influence onto us for free. paper no longer required

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