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Ockham's Cafe: Wednesdays in Cordova

  • Aug 14, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Viral media and mob rule. Are our freedoms and institutions jeopardised by the mass media's self-serving intent of creating news.

 

The Zimmerman case

 

The Boston bombing

 

Is social media fueling mob rule?

 

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  • David

    Interesting discussion

    August 23, 2013

  • Michael H.

    Good discussion.

    August 16, 2013

  • Jason

    You can probably add to that the public's lack of appetite for serious news and its voracious appetite for entertainment and drama passing as "news." Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, for example, inflate and exaggerate for entertainment but some get their news through them.

    August 9, 2013

    • Jason

      Good point: How does printed news compare to television news? Printed news (I assume) gets more sophisticated audiences and, thus, is more accurate and less sensational, right or wrong? For example, if you read about the same story from NPR, NYT, WSJ, Fox, MSNBC, and BBC, don't you get a relatively accurate picture of what happened? You can sort out the biases, right or wrong? If you don't read real news and only watch comedy, you don't ever get an accurate picture. I think we agree, right?

      August 13, 2013

    • Dan L.

      Absolutely. Unfortunately, that is rare.

      August 14, 2013

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