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‘Fake news: What is it; How to spot it’ event in Lakeland Sunday

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Barry Friedman, editor and publisher of the online news site,,  will discuss the evolution of fake news as a major issue in current events and how readers can become more discerning of online postings. Entitled “Fake News: Democracy in an Age of Media Bubbles and Infotainment News,” the event will be held 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Sunday at the Just Dance Studio, 124 S. Kentucky Ave., Lakeland. An “admission fee” of $5 is requested for light refreshments during the…

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Meme-ification of reason (and politics) — an experiment

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Part of my job at Sachs Media Group is running data experiments that nobody has asked us to run, for the simple pleasure of satisfying curiosity and the attempt to better understand what kinds of things matter to people. Our themes generally relate back to the space of communications or politics. For example: does reading news on a mobile device versus a newspaper change people’s perception of social dynamics? (Yes.) This week’s experiment took a similar approach, using a survey…

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Times editorial on Ticketgate

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St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Jamie Bennett is pitifully ignorant or disappointingly complicit when it comes to a series of campaign mistakes and second-rate dirty tricks. He has fired the campaign manager he never should have hired, but if he stays in the race that will not end the questions or remove the stains. Sorting out who knew what when between Bennett and his former campaign manager, Peter Schorsch, may be an exercise in futility. But some of their maneuvers cannot…

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