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With Fiskkit, Anyone Can Criticize the Media

BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, April 1 2015

(Comic by xkcd)

Wouldn't it be nice if there was only one day a year that people were wrong on the Internet? Unfortunately, that's simply not the case. And the problem doesn't stop with fake news. (Although that in itself is such a problem that The Washington Post puts out a fake news roundup every Friday.) There are more insidious problems in media: biased wording, overly general, overly simplistic or unsupported claims, and false assertions. These are just a few of the things that one can flag on the new social media platform, Fiskkit, which recently won the 2015 Launch Fest Social Impact Award. Read More

How an Online Community Jogged Paul Ryan's Memory About His Marathon Time

BY David Parry | Thursday, September 6 2012

Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr

The Paul Ryan marathon story hits the trifecta of interests for me: politics, the Internet, and running. Appealing both to my academic interests and my personal obsession I have followed this story with perhaps at times too much focus, reading all the reactions, analysis, and even comment streams and discussion boards. But beyond the question of "what does it mean" that Ryan lied about (misremembered?) his marathon time is an important story about how politics changes with an Internet enabled public, and equally as important a lesson about both the potential and current limitations of this kind of Internet enabled political engagement. Read More

How to Tell if Someone On Twitter Is Really a Dog

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, November 30 2011

Patrick Meier of Ushahidi — now Patrick Meier, Ph.D, of course — has released a 20-plus-page study on strategies for verifying information online. From the abstract: Crowdsourced information can provide rapid ... Read More

Fact-Checking Sites Are Good for Politics: 'Mostly True' Statement, or 'Pants On Fire?'

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, November 1 2011

Ben Smith explores political fact-checking, a now decades-old media trend that's found new life — and, Smith writes, new controversy — online: ... despite the superficial respect figures in both parties pay ... Read More

"Protest! I Said, Protest!"

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, March 25 2011

So, that New York Times lede that had a Beijing entrepreneur getting his cell phone turned off by authorities when he quoted Hamlet -- "the lady doth protest too much" -- might not hold up. The blog Shanghai ... Read More

Tapper Teams with PolitiFact to Fact Check "This Week"

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 9 2010

A few weeks back NYU's Jay Rosen proposed, after ABC's Jake Tapper asked for suggestions for his tenure as host of "This Week," that the program engage in some fact-checking of their guests. Tapper, it seems, ... Read More

The Revolution of the Online Commentariat

BY Editors | Monday, December 8 2008

The pyramid of Internet political functions consists of message (communications), money (fundraising) and mobilization. Atop that pyramid sits communications. Message drives money and triggers mobilization. Devoid of a ... Read More

The Crowd-Scouring of the Presidency (and the End of Rovian Politics?)

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, October 21 2008

Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO, who just endorsed Barack Obama, tells Arianna Huffington, another Obama supporter, that "We are witnessing the end of Rovian politics," thanks to the internet and tools like YouTube. And ... Read More

Daily Digest: Too Many Fact Checkers Spoil the Truth?

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, October 17 2008

The Web on the Candidates Debunking: America's Newest Growth Industry: This election cycle has given rise to a number of independent fact check sites, from and to those run by various ... Read More