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    Otto Kolbl at |

    Sorry, I find this “hoaxy” a hoax of its own. Why does the trust in mainstream media decrease at such a regular and alarming rate? Because more and more people realize that in the fields where they have got some knowledge (e.g. knowing about the situation in foreign countries, etc.), they realize that the mainstream media tell us a lot of ideologically motivated nonsense. So trying to detect distorted information by comparing it to the mainstream media is a nonstarter.

    There is only one way forward: we must start doing serious research about the academic and media discourse using reliable external sources, and the academic researchers and journalists must react adequately to such research. Right now, I am the only researcher in the world who uses such a methodology, and everybody in the academic community around me tries to silence me.

    Then we can start to take meaningful measures to restore trust of a majority of the public into the mainstream media, which will go a long way to solve the problem of false news.

    The problem is that the academic researchers and the journalists are too arogant, and this has lead us straight to Trump.

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    Alison at |

    I think that Hoaxy is a clever idea and I am looking forward to seeing it released to the public. There are several alternative myth busting sites, such as SNOPES, as well as fact checking sites, such as the ABC Fact checker. I am interested to see how Hoaxy compares to what is already available.
    Reliable external sources, as Otto Kolbi says, is what we need. Evidence based information. There are two ways to obtain this information – the best way is to use databases, paid access, with peer reviewed information in them (even though this is not always robust, it is better than Google). The second way to obtain evidence based information is to use information specialists, or librarians who can locate verified information.
    I would argue that researchers and journalists are not arrogant, they are lazy. Alternatively they are paid (by advertisers) to provide click bait.

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