“A Genocide Incited on Facebook”

The New York Times  “…The Facebook posts were not from everyday internet users. Instead, they were from Myanmar military personnel who turned the social network into a tool for ethnic cleansing, according to former military officials, researchers and civilian officials in the country.
Members of the Myanmar military were the prime operatives behind a systematic campaign on Facebook that stretched back half a decade and that targeted the country’s mostly Muslim Rohingya minority group, the people said. The military exploited Facebook’s wide reach in Myanmar, where it is so broadly used that many of the country’s 18 million internet users confuse the Silicon Valley social media platform with the internet. Human rights groups blame the anti-Rohingya propaganda for inciting murders, rapes and the largest forced human migration in recent history….”
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/15/technology/myanmar-facebook-genocide.html

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Dear @ALTERNET org Re. “#Trolls and #hackers find it easy to #trick 🇺🇸s” #Facebook header display #Typo #irony #report (with screen shots) #Americans #Cybersecurity

Dear corrections@alternet.org

Re. Your page / story
I paraphrase … The authors say that the real problem is that the 🇺🇸 is one of the #least #intelligent nations in the developed world. Also that they aren’t good at processing & analyzing information, & that makes them suckers for bots, trolls & all other sorts of disinformation tactics. One measures intelligence in lots of ways, but at the top of the list is #literacy and #numeracy. [In a Sept. 2017] study the #USDeptOfEd found #USAdults performed the #lowest of all #developed #nations in numeracy. Too bad they did not do /point us to a sub study for 🇨🇦 , eh?
“… They also found that our literacy was on the low end of developed nations. Most interesting was the finding that young adults in their 20s from Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Japan who did not finish high school had the same literacy levels of U.S. high school graduates. Study after study shows that the United States underperforms in literacy across the developed world — especially given its resources. But that isn’t even the core issue; the real problem is the way we have consistently devalued quality education across all levels for decades. Consider the fact that 14 states teach creationism in public schools. Add to that the reality that a Pew Research Study from 2015 found that 34 percent of Americans reject evolution entirely, saying humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time. But it isn’t just our knowledge base that’s the problem; it’s the fact that the United States has effectively abandoned the notion that investing in education is critical for the future of our nation….”
and on the site the story’s headline is….
https://www.alternet.org/culture/trolls-and-hackers-find-it-easy-americans-because-we-are-nation-ignoramuses

 

trolls and hackers find it easy to trick americans because we are a nation of ignoramuses screan cap 1697

trolls and hackers find it easy to trick americans because we are a nation of ignoramuses screan cap 1697

 

But on my Facebook feed this is what it shows…

 

trolls and hackers find it easy to trick americans because we are a nation of ignora screan cap 1698

trolls and hackers find it easy to trick americans because we are a nation of ignora screan cap 1698

Here’s my full post

 

trolls and hackers find it easy to trick americans because we are a nation of ignoramuses facebook display screan cap 1696

trolls and hackers find it easy to trick americans because we are a nation of ignoramuses facebook display screan cap 1696

Struck by the irony of this.. I thought I’d share it with you…

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After Donald Trump Said It, How News Outlets Handled It – NYT

“…Lester Holt opened the “NBC Nightly News” on Thursday with a parental warning: “This may not be appropriate for some of our younger viewers.”

His counterpart at “ABC World News Tonight,” David Muir, described President Trump “using a profanity we won’t repeat.”

And Jim Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent, stammered as he delivered a report from Washington. “I noticed, Wolf, you hesitated to use that word,” he told the network’s anchor, Wolf Blitzer. “I hesitate to use it myself.”

Media outlets on Thursday took the unusual step of allowing the word “shithole” to be used in print and on air, after a report that Mr. Trump had used the term to describe African nations and Haiti during a White House meeting with lawmakers on immigration.

The unexpurgated expletive appeared, in capital letters, on the graphics known as chyrons that dominate the lower portion of the screen on CNN and MSNBC. (Fox News spelled the word with asterisks.) It showed up on smartphone push alerts sent by The Washington Post, which broke the story, and The Associated Press…..”

Full story:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/business/media/trump-vulgarity.html

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Want to watch ‘Outfoxed’? Documentary that exposed Fox News released online in its entirety

Want to watch ‘Outfoxed’? Documentary that exposed Fox News released online in its entirety.

http://youtu.be/P74oHhU5MDk

“…The film charts the rise of Fox News, outlining the marketing-based techniques that make the channel such “compelling” viewing — the “Fox News Alert,” the blurring of journalism and commentary, and the deceptive use of the chyron, i.e. the lower third of the viewing area on a typical television screen.

In addition to that, the film also reviews Fox New’s coverage both of the 2000 presidential election and the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, demonstrating how the network successfully established the talking points used by those in the so-called “liberal media.”..”

 

30 Things Journalists Do That Piss Off Other Journalists

30 Things Journalists Do That Piss Off Other Journalists

Journalists bug other journalist when they…

via 30 Things Journalists Do That Piss Off Other Journalists.

[excerpts]

Take a job in PR.

 

 

And try to tell you about all the perks of the job – like health care and weekends.

Don’t use AP Style.

Keeping Zero Plastic Week alive | Greenpeace Canada

I live in the NWT where our consensus government has mandated a $0.25 charge on every plastic bag used at the point of sale in every store in the territory. So we pretty much all use multiple use bags for our purchases.But I have to say that your “promotion” of Zero Plastic Week is laughable because we’ve never heard of it up here.Nor have I seen a single mention of it on national television.This story does not even bother to mention what the dates of the week were. Seems to me you are not very committed to communicating this very well.Must be spending too much time and money on cute polar bears and baby seals. I guess they bring in more money than Zero Plastic Week.

via Keeping Zero Plastic Week alive | Greenpeace Canada.

Keeping Zero Plastic Week alive

Blogpost by Sarah King, Oceans campaign coordinator – June 24, 2013 at 18:40

“…Zero Plastic Week has come and gone, and it’s left me feeling mainly inspired but also a bit depressed. Inspired because there is a growing plastic free movement, full of amazing, passionate and dedicated people. Depressed because dramatically reducing plastic consumption really isn’t as hard as you’d think. Why is that depressing? Because we need more people doing it, and stat. …”

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