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New Media Power Shift


A slow steady reallocation of power has been taking place in the media business, and it is one that is going to ultimately alter the way news is consumed by a ravenous public.

Hollywood has already felt the winds of change blowing from the Northern part of the Golden State. Tech companies such as Netflix and Amazon have been bidding up content and winning prestigious awards.  And in an additional media twist, paid Internet entertainment sites have been encroaching on territory previously held by broadcast and cable TV.

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Crime Takes a Social Media Turn


In this age of social media, crime itself has undergone a transformation, and the previously unthinkable seems to be on a rampage to somehow out-worst itself.

Crimes carried out with social media accomplices seem to be ever more despicable and de-humanizing.

In the past, an individual might merely set his or her sights on securing an illicit goal of some sort, and a twisted satisfaction would have been completed. Now, however, some of those who were previously content with being shadow dwellers prefer to seek the spotlight instead, with the ultimate aim of acquiring social media fame and even a warped super star status should a social media incident go viral.

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Facebook Fights Fake News with Fake Fact-checkers


The left’s attempt to deny the presidential election outcome has turned into a never-ending array of excuses.

A case in point is the recent hand-wringing by Hillary Clinton over fake news where she referred to it as an “epidemic” and a “threat” that should “concern all Americans.”

Ironically, the fake news narrative to which Clinton referred is itself a phony one. Evidence is completely lacking when it comes to the notion of voters having been duped into casting non-Hillary votes based on news reports or social media posts.

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Mainstream Media Using ‘Fake News’ to Censor Conservative Views


After telling the public for over a year that the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States was not going to materialize, the mainstream media have now turned their collective attention toward something they have characterized as “fake news.”

The phrase, however, is a fake itself, and its deliberate use manipulative in nature. The mainstream media are out to cleanse social media of sites that pose obstacles to a uniform way of thinking; that being a left-leaning ideology.

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Zuckerberg Meeting Damages Facebook Brand


Mark Zuckerberg just made a bad problem worse.

The Facebook founder recently held a public relations-oriented meeting with some of the nation’s leading conservative figures to address the bias that was revealed in the social media site’s Trending Topics section.

The meeting with the reported seventeen conservative notables was said to have lasted approximately one hour.

Despite the participants having been bound by confidentiality agreements and the gathering having been off-limits to the press, a surprising amount of information concerning the meeting has leaked out.

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Facebook Admits to Using Unsuspecting Participants in Research Study

Over the past weekend, an astonishing bit of information surfaced concerning social media giant Facebook.

In early June of 2014, a research study, which was conducted by Facebook researchers along with academics from Cornell University and the University of California at San Francisco, appeared in a prominent academic journal, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The journal article described the results of researchers’ attempts at evaluating users’ emotional responses on the Facebook website through modification of news feeds. The Facebook site was apparently experimenting to find out whether users could be made to undergo certain emotional changes through what the study referred to as “emotional contagion.”

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