Tag: junk news

  • Inside the Filter Bubble – with Eli Pariser, the man who coined the phrase. | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Inside the Filter Bubble – with Eli Pariser, the man who coined the phrase.

    The Internet was supposed to provide a utopian virtual world where all of us could come together in peace, love and harmony to better understand each other and our differing viewpoints… But we got derailed on the road to utopia, didn’t we? Eli Pariser, the man who coined the phrase “filter bubble”, knows as much…

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  • Kilauea eruption, junk news effects, human quantum tests: this week in science | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Kilauea eruption, junk news effects, human quantum tests: this week in science

    The Big Island is getting bigger by the moment… Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been erupting nearly continuously since 1983. But what’s happening on the Big Island now is unprecedented. As I write, 15 fissures have opened up in a community near the volcano, spewing lava over more than 116 acres. Thirty six structures have been…

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  • How does junk news change perceptions? We followed two political opposites. | Miles O'Brien Productions

    How does junk news change perceptions? We followed two political opposites.

    Facebook is exquisitely designed to feed our addiction to hyper-partisan content. In this world, fringe players who are apt to be more strident end up at the top of our news feeds, burying the middle ground. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on the ways junk news feeds into our own beliefs about politics, institutions and…

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  • Junk news pioneer, Antarctic research, Hawking’s last paper: this week in science | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Junk news pioneer, Antarctic research, Hawking’s last paper: this week in science

    Here’s a look back at this week in science, with stories you don’t want to miss. Behind the scenes of junk news production In this week’s installment of our PBS NewsHour series on Junk News, we introduced you to Cyrus Massoumi, prolific publisher of junk news. Cyrus is a gifted marketer with a passion for…

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  • A Junk News Pioneer – with Cyrus Massoumi, Part 2 | Miles O'Brien Productions

    A Junk News Pioneer – with Cyrus Massoumi, Part 2

    Russian actors may have run an online disinformation campaign during the 2016 US presidential elections, but they likely learned their tactics from Americans. As part of our investigation, PBS NewsHour series producer Cameron Hickey tracked down one of these junk news pioneers, Cyrus Massoumi. He runs liberal and conservative junk news sites, which have millions…

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  • Online anger is gold to this junk news pioneer | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Online anger is gold to this junk news pioneer

    Meet one of the Internet’s most prolific distributors of hyper-partisan fare. From California, Cyrus Massoumi caters to both liberals and conservatives, serving up political grist through various Facebook pages. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien profiles a leading purveyor of junk news who has hit the jackpot exploiting the trend toward tribalism. This is the second of…

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