I found some writings I did a while ago which may be relevant to ATS:
biased snapshot communicating 2% of an entire story, designed solely to make money for the organization. Often misunderstood to be ‘an
Otherwise known as propaganda, spin or sensationalism.
The finely tuned skill of taking a mundane piece of information and manipulating it for the following reasons:
Create hype and furore around a story to get the readership talking – with the end result of increasing sales and sales of advertising space within
the medium. Increased revenue at the detriment of society.
Link the information to a current news agenda or moral panic – again, for the purpose of pushing the story into the public eye, to create a furore
and force more people to talk about the furore thus leading to publicity for the medium and increased sales and advertising sales. Increased revenue
at the detriment of society.
To further an agenda integral to the editorial bias. Again, this ultimately has the target of upping revenue but can be employed as apolitical tool.
Hence why many newspaper editors are closely linked to political parties. Mainstream news and media is a perfect stream of communication from the
elites to the masses. Used correctly, it is a tool of control
To manipulate and control the minds of the populace. This could be as ‘innocent’ as making a reader buy a product due to clever product placement
or it could be as extreme as influencing an election (!).
How do we spot fake news?
An integral piece of information is mentioned as the source of a story but this integral piece of information is never shown, linked to,
quoted from in full or analysed. Its contents are often skewed to the extreme by clever use of a thesaurus.
In one of the craziest examples, the University of Manchester Students' Union has decided to ban clapping and cheering at union events
because it is discriminatory and non-inclusive.
If we want to be an informed reader the first thing we should do here is stop reading and look for an official source outlining the ban
Because perhaps we should be trusting our instincts here when we think, ‘surely this is nonsense?’.
When we dig a little deeper and find an official spokesperson for the University all becomes clear:
“The policy was proposed in order to encourage the use of British Sign Language (BSL) clapping during our democratic events to make those
events more accessible and inclusive for all. We are not banning audible clapping – we understand that some people may be more comfortable to
continue using it.”
Unfortunately by this time 90% of the population are disgusted by the snowflake students who have BANNED CLAPPING in favour of a minority on campus,
you’re in the 10% left behind who want to discuss the story logically. You do realise there is no place for logic and common sense in the world
So-called ‘peers’ reinforcing the message.
Usually an ill-informed celebrity or a celebrity motivated by the agenda of his payroll providers will tweet out some nonsense which the media will
use to back up their story. In all instances the tweet or post is just as ill-informed as the article itself.
Take the example here, you have to scroll down to find the tweet:
Same link as
A tweet from Jeremy Vine
, a self-righteous radio DJ in the UK, who is looked up to by those who read the Guardian and place themselves on a
moral high ground. His input is worth millions to the integrity of a fake news story. If Jeremy Vine says it, it must be true! The journalist who
found this tweet probably wet him/herself because Jeremy manages to relate the story to the 100 year armistice anniversary! God, these guys should get
medals in emotional manipulation.
In addition to quotes from ‘peers’ the MSM also includes a comments section for the public to use, a brilliant way of pushing ignorant arguments
to the forefront of a story… The reader can even get involved! Such joy.
I would also say - The use of emotive language to ‘trigger’ the audience.
Generally if you see the following words used in a piece of news it is fake in some respect, or ‘spun’ at least.
Snowflake, SJW, triggered, anxious, fear, safe-place, etc etc
Another mode de employ is to make the reader forget about middle ground – you know, the area where analytical thought resides. ‘Sitting
on the fence’ – a derogatory term for anybody with an agnostic approach to complicated things – like Brexit and the economy (!).
The readers are forced to disregard analytical thought and pick one side over another.
This ensures the futile argument created from a futile piece of fake news is argued over by both sides of the population and kept alive in vehement
A brilliant example of this is the two party politic system which exists in the majority of Western countries. This is starting to be challenged as
independents and single goal parties emerge but it still remains, the UK and USA are based around a two party system.
We are constantly being told to be for or against, black or white, reps or dems, left or right… Almost every topic up for debate is simplified into
a two sided argument.
One should be suspicious when being forced to make a choice between two extremes, when in reality a sliding scale of analysis is often the best
I could go on forever. Almost every story in the news is spun to the point of death. Here’s an extract from something a wrote for another reason a
while ago, it fits here:
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