Propagandists gonna’ propagandize…

Liar McLieface:

Stop!

Political speech is about changing people. I like me just fine thanks. Now if they want to question the premise of my beliefs, I’m all for that argument. But that knife cuts both ways, and political speech is not a full duplex system of communication, nor does it operate from a persistent base of reason. Which is what make the phrase: “political science” an oxymoron. In short, regarding “politics” as an honorable trade is self evidently an indication of corruption. Which is fine too. We are all hypocrites from time to time. Prosthelitizing to the contrary typically being contra-indicating. So no I wouldn’t trust this source, and I would trust it even less if I agreed with it.

Investigate!

According to wikipedia: the Gateway Pundit is a fake news site. Politifact gives it a 59% false rating. Reading it comes off as gradeschool fingerpointing. So the mark-one-eyeball, and an ounce of empathy is generally all that is needed here, but we have gone the distance for the sake of propriety.

Find Trusted Coverage?

I generally regard anything that holds itself out as “coverage” to be untrusted. But if I can find the full event, well that allows me to size things up for myself. I see nothing different about the Presidents exit than what I’ve seen from many other presidential speeches. The exit is uneventful, and apparently there is some communication to persons in the wings as he is exiting. This may suggest being “lost”, but that conclusion takes quite a lot of assumption to make that leap.

Trace

As for the joke. Yes he said it. Yes it does make one cringe. Searching for “Biden” and “Don’t Jump” reveals that this is a standard joke he uses at a lot of speeches. Such as a para-olympics event and a speech to the 82nd airborn. And yes, it is a cringe fest both other times. But the guy has been in politics for decades, so some things probably stick with him that maybe shouldn’t.

So this part of the article actually true. But I don’t care. Frankly I like the fact that he says some knuckleheaded stuff sometimes. The guy never made any promises about being superhuman.

Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light. –George Washington

Stop!

An article in the Huffington post asserts that teens can’t tell the difference between real and fake news. Generally I would regard the title alone as enough to avoid reading the article. Main stream news talking about itself is typically self agrandizing, which is a filter pattern unto itself. However I have read a few well cited articled from the Huffington Post before (and others just as debased), but on the whole the Huffington Post cites sources more often in my experience.

Investigate

The Huffington Post (HP) is regarded as a a liberal leaning newspaper based on mediabiasfactcheck. Similar web gives it a only readership of 1.M per month, which is not that high compared to some other content providers.

I baselined mediafactcheck by checking the Washington Post against the Washington Times, which were predictably mischaracterized. Strangely HP was regarded as more liberal that the Washington Post. Which is really funny considering they are both conservative newspapers. (It isn’t who you preach at, it is who you preaching for) The HP is owned by Verizon, and the Washington Post hasn’t been liberal since the Beez took it over. So both are typical corporate ganda’ rags separated by various degrees of factual ambivalence.

Find Trusted Coverage

For me this is this is virtually impossible in this case. I regard truth as state. (as in stateful) which makes it an exceedingly rare thing to actually observe. It also means that I have to care quite a bit to persue it because the associated time allocation can be severe.

In this case what I really must say is that I don’t have a solid enough understanding of psychology to know what I don’t know. So even if I read the whole scientific paper, the odds of me intepreting it correctly would be a crapshoot. Which is cool; I like reading things way over my head. But: “It is the mark of an educated mind that it can consider something without adopting it” –Aristotle.

So no, I wouldn’t trust any coverage until I had enough puzzle pieces to at least identify a few edges. Which seems to be a rare view.

Trace

One thing I found a little interesting is the “article impact” header on the journal that published the original paper. This is a little suspect to me. This suggests a regard for distribution metrics over peer review.

The majority of the Bibliography references seem to be focused on creating metrics for consumer trust and belief. I have a personal bias about this subject that states (more or less) than if you are that obsessed about figuring out how to make somebody believe you, then you probably aught to suffer some for good measure. It is like politics. Wanting the job is a pretty good indicator you shouldn’t have it. Now maybe there is some raw science that may have some future use, but that was also true of the Manhattan Project.

Who Is The Internet For?

The internet is for whomever!

A log bench is pictured here, in warm color tones.
Log Bench in Ohio – photo taken by Tayin Rivera-Dorazio

Openness

Why?

The internet is open for almost anyone to use. Computers are available at local libraries and, once you’ve established a connection, a browser is all it takes to have access to as much of the web as the computer can handle. Openness spurns creativity and it allows everyone to get in on the action and transaction and creation through the internet.

Open source code and open resources, ones that are freely available, exist to allow others to proliferate what they know. This can come in many forms, such as forums for how to troubleshoot a computer issue, reading customer reviews of products and services, and YouTube videos that show you how to fix a car issue.

How?

Making your resources more open can help people find solutions to a problem you’ve encountered. It can foster collaborations across international lines. You could educate people who will be the people you innovate with in the future, and it can make a better internet for the future. This could be through informational videos, GitHub, or even articles on a platform like Medium.

Brad Frost’s advice on openness from his TEDxTalk is: “Work Hard. Don’t Be An Asshole. Share What You Know.” With that advice in mind we can keep the internet an open place for anyone and everyone.

Accessibility

Why?

Accessibility keeps the internet open for anybody, regardless of disability. This can open the doors for more people to access your content, and can even make it easier for people without disabilities to engage with your content. Things like increasing your font size may have people with visual disabilities in mind, but could just make your work easier for anyone to read, and having alternative text for blind internet users could also help those who are less visually impaired or don’t understand the context of the image. Research shows that accessible websites have more engagement. Twitter itself has adopted a lot of accessibility options like alt text that allow for image descriptions, and is one of the most popular social media platforms, and continues to grow internationally.

How?

There are many resources for making your websites accessible, such as W3C, or using header-identified text blocks, or even image descriptions like mentioned earlier. Following ADA guidelines can also help with making an accessible platform and accessible materials, as well as following the guidelines of major companies and other website design philosophies that incorporate accessibility.

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