Sociologists’ Experiment Finds Large Effects From Small News Outlets

Jason Alcorn (@jasonalcorn),  MediaShift .

This article was originally published by MediaShift

Even small publishers have a large effect on the national discourse, according to a new paper published in Science on the effects of news. “Exposure to the news media,” the study states, “causes Americans to take public stands on specific issues, join national policy conversations, and express themselves publicly.”

The research aims to quantify the effect of news media. Put in terms that are increasingly common when talking about journalism: What is the impact of news organizations?

The act of publishing news is influential in still-surprising and robust ways.

The study by Harvard professor Gary King and collaborators found that a few, mostly small news outlets publishing simultaneously in a broad area of public policy concern increased the volume of conversation on social media by 19 percent the day after publication. Over a full week, the volume was increased 63 percent relative to the average day’s volume. The number of unique authors increased as well, and the composition of opinion changed in the direction of the published articles.

News outlets it appears, even in the face of social media algorithms, the echo chambers of political polarization and a barrage of digital information, have a profound and measurable effect on national discourse.

On of the challenges with research on media impact is the lack of control researchers have over the publication of news itself. You can’t exactly randomize the news. The need to maintain editorial independence and the timeliness of reporting means there have been relatively few large-scale, controlled experiments attempting to experimentally measure the effect of news media.

The research team found a way around this by actually collaborating with news outlets, using the first three years of the five-year study to build trust. “Frankly, when we began talks with the researchers in 2012, what they required seemed impossible,” Media Consortium executive director Jo Ellen Green Kaiser wrote on MetricShift in 2016. However, the researchers began attending industry conferences and worked with the Media Consortium to test the experiment with a small group of participants.

In the end, the study recruited 48 news outlets who agreed, in small groups, to publish at the same time on a broad policy area agreed-to beforehand and typical of the the outlets regular coverage. The 11 policy areas were race, immigration, jobs, abortion, climate, food policy, water, education policy, refugees, domestic energy production and reproductive rights. The media outlets retained full control over what was published, as well as the option to opt-out at any time. (A list of outlets that participated fully in the experiment is available in an appendix to the report.)

For their part, the researchers picked a two-week publication window when they expected a slow news cycle and randomized the publication date to either the first week or the second week. They then were able to measure and compare changes in the volume and composition of conversation on Twitter between the publication week and the control week.

Jason Alcorn (@jasonalcorn) is the Metrics Editor for MediaShift and an independent consultant working with non-profits, newsrooms and philanthropy.

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Around three-quarters of a million Catalans have marched to demand the release of local politicians arrested for their role in the drive for independence.

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Spain’s central government has dissolved the Catalan parliament, dismissed the Catalan government, and imposed direct rule following the region’s unilateral declaration of independence on October 27th.

This followed a self-determination referendum which the Spanish authorities deemed illegal and attempted to shut down violently, with the blessing of the European Union’s ruling bodies.

Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s ex-president — or president-in-exile, depending on your point of view — had given some indication that he would ignore Madrid’s attempts to terminate his administration and remain in post, but fled to Brussels, Belgium when the authorities closed in.

Several of those who remained behind have been arrested to face charges of rebellion and sedition, with eight former Catalan government ministers and the leaders of the Catalan National Assembly and Omnium Cultural jailed while investigations continue.

Protestors say the detainees are “political prisoners”, and flooded the Avenue Marina to hear speeches from their family members and demand their release.

Facebook Exec Warns “God Only Knows What It’s Doing To Kids’ Brains”

Sean Parker, who as a student collaborated with Mark Zuckerberg to found Facebook and was its first corporate president has been in confessional mood about the lack of ethical awareness the tech billionaires shared. Parker, 38, was uncharacteristically honest about the privacy stealing social media site the pair created. In an interview with Axios he confessed the site was designed to hook people in ways that can have a detrimental effect on cognitive skills. So much so in fact he predicted, jokingly, that Mark Zuckerberg will probably block his account.

former Facebook exec Sean Parker
Sean Parker – image soure Zero Hedge

Here’s a sample of what Parker was talking about:

Confirming every ‘big brother’ conspiracy there is about the social media giant, Parker explained how social networks purposely hook users and potentially hurt our brains…

“When Facebook was getting going, I had these people who would come up to me and they would say, ‘I’m not on social media.’ And I would say, ‘OK. You know, you will be.’ And then they would say, ‘No, no, no. I value my real-life interactions. I value the moment. I value presence. I value intimacy.’ And I would say, … ‘We’ll get you eventually.'”

“I don’t know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying, because [of] the unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or 2 billion people and … it literally changes your relationship with society, with each other … It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”

“The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, … was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?'”

“And that means that we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever. And that’s going to get you to contribute more content, and that’s going to get you … more likes and comments.”

“It’s a social-validation feedback loop … exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.”

“The inventors, creators — it’s me, it’s Mark [Zuckerberg], it’s Kevin Systrom on Instagram, it’s all of these people — understood this consciously. And we did it anyway.”

In this ‘confessional’, it appears Parker has become “something of a conscientious objector” on social media.

Howeever , as Axios notes, Parker ends with just enough crazy to make you wonder…

“Because I’m a billionaire, I’m going to have access to better health care so … I’m going to be like 160 and I’m going to be part of this, like, class of immortal overlords. [Laughter]

Because, you know the [Warren Buffett] expression about compound interest. … [G]ive us billionaires an extra hundred years and you’ll know what … wealth disparity looks like.”

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This Video Proves The World Has Gone Insane

Little Nicky has been on a sabbatical since the old blog.co.uk site closed down, this was partly due to disillusionment with the web on finding something that contributors to this and our sibling Boggart Blog could just be snatched from us, and partly due to our efforts top rebuild elsewhere.

New posts may continue to be sporadic for a while but we are getting back in the groove, don’t dump us off your favourites list just yet.

One of the reasons this blog launched was for the purpose of chronicling the descent of western civilisation into collective insanity. The embedded video gives some examples of the craziness we are told, dishonestly, is diversity.

Story source: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed;ts=1499710538301

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Obama Setting Up A Shadow Government, Will Start Civil War To Discredit Trump

Former US President, Community Organiser and professional cocksucker Barack Hussein Obama has signaled his iintention to set up what amounts to a shadow government dedicated to bringing down the administration of Danald Trump. He also said said he is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in (ethnic minority) communities around the country against Trump.

This all points towards the conclusion that Obama is still throwing the mother of all hissy fits because his anointed successor, war loving Hillary Clinton was beaten in the election, and that the former president will now try to cause social chaos, iner – racial conflict and civil unrest in order to save his Muslim terrorist supporting, gay, lesbian and transgender friendly agenda. In his delusional mind he always had the full support of more than 100% of Americans and he believes they will rise up against democracy in the United States and trigger a civil war. Here is a map of the United States that is circulating after California submitted a petition to secede from the United States.

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There is undoubtedly a planned coup forming among the loonier cohorts of the Democratic Party and liberal media, seeing their direct sales and advertising revenue evaporate, are fully behind it. Neither mainstream media nor the establishment will accept Trump and many people are determined to destroy the government as we have known it. Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates obviously pulled a political move by declaring that she would not execute Trump’s ban on people from the selected countries entering the USA. She has no problem arresting aliens and deporting them under Clinton era laws.

Trump’s executive order would only mean deporting someone on the next plane that tried to come in to the USA who was not a legal resident. They would not be arrested or put in prison as Clinton’s laws mandate. And the order was only for 90 days, to allow proper border controls to be restored, after Obama ordered that all people from terrorist states should be ‘waved through’. What was Yates up to? Obviously her move was a political and for that Trump rightly her. She is a disgrace to her profession.

The Trump ban is temporary, except on Syria, ranging from 90 to 120 days giving time to make sure the criteria is valid. Try going to India from Thailand. They will not let you in. You have to go back to your home country to apply for a visa. Try going from the UK to Nigeria withour proper travel documents. There are no open borders where you just go without agreements between countries. Americans could not go to Cuba for decades. Why is this temporary ban being misrepresented by liberal media to discredit Trump? It is noticeable Obama only opened US borders to people from nations where a gangster culture prevails, organised crime is rife and Islamic extremism makes a mockery of civilised western values.

The liberals and progressives could care less about the issue of aliens. They even try to call this a “Muslim” ban which it is not. What Obama, other Democrat politicians and mainstream media are trying to do is really more about creating political unrest designed to overthrow the Trump government.

European Union member states, bullied by Germany, opened their borders to the Middle East ONLY because Merkel’s polls were negative because of her harsh treatment of Greece. It was her personal decision for her own career that created the immigrant crisis in Europe and all the new terrorist attacks, rapes, and decline in security. Obama jumped in and said the USA would also accept these migrants claiming to be refugees when it was the USA bombing that turned them into refugees in the first place.

For the past 100 years every outgoing US president has packed his bags gone home and not passed comment om his successor. This is not what the Obamas are planning to do. They rented an eight-bedroom mansion in an upmarket suburb of Washington, close to other senior figures in the Democrats. Bizarrely Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s chief of staff and most favoured adviser moved in along and Michelle and the kids (and presumably Reggie Love, allegedly Obama’s gay lover).

The Obamas claim they are staying in Washington because the children want to stay in D.C..

According to insiders who are not fans of Obama and not in the pay of The Clinton Crime Syndicate that’s not the real reason they are staying there. Despite what the president said in his press conference, he’s in a sense of outrage over this incoming Trump Administration, which he thinks is going to wipe out his gay / trans friendly, terrorist supporting legacy. So he’s setting up this shadow government, picking people in foreign affairs, labor, abortion, union matters and setting them up to start appearing on television, making speeches and doing op-ed pieces for next four years, you’re going to see not only a Trump Administration but you’re going to see a shadow government opposing the Trump…

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A Song Of Servitude
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More Health Lies

by Mohan Gopal

Fluorine is used for etching glass, used in glass art work, and is well known – if tooth-paste used flourine what does it do to teeth enamel ? – absurd foolishness !
It was found a tiny part of African population had very good teeth, it was found the native water has fluorine, so conclusion ‘Fluorine is good for teeth’ – utmost stupidity of modern ‘egoistic’ science ! What about other 1000s of chemicals those Africans were ingesting ?
This is only one single ‘stupidity’ of ‘modern science’ !
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Working Class Wise Up To Labour Elitists

reblogged from Raedwald

Working class are now wise to Labour’s exploitation

Throughout the 20th century, British history has been one long chronicle of Labour’s exploitation of the working class to win political power for its internationalist and privileged leaders. The leitmotif of this campaign has been to disempower this traditionally independent and bloody-minded cohort of our people by creating total dependence on an overweening central State. From the very first 1911 National Insurance Act, which destroyed the mutuals, co-operatives, friendlies and self-insurance creations of mutually-dependent working class communities, the century was one lengthy litany of entrapment, enslavement and disempowerment. The nadir was Gordon Brown drowning the nation in a tsunami of borrowed cash, for which our grandchildren will still be paying, in an all-out effort to create total State dependency. He failed.

The loathsome Emily Thornbury’s sneering at ordinary people during the last election campaign was just a peek behind the curtain that usually hides both Labour’s hatred of the British working class and its fear of their realising their own capacity for independence. June 23rd was rightly a day on which this brave cohort of our people growled and set the establishment trembling. It was the day on which the working class showed they were wise to Labour’s exploitation.

And it really won’t help the readers of the Guardian if that rag continues to term anything that empowers the working class as ‘populist’, any more than it helps to label them ‘vulgar’ or sneer at their homes.

The establishment needs to understand that democracy means that our people are truly free – for the first time in a century free from Labour’s enervating talons piercing their flesh – to use universal suffrage and the secret ballot for their own interests.

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