This is B.S.

This is B.S.

Myth-busting. Tracking memes. Going beyond “someone’s wrong on the Internet”.

Here are things to think about before retweeting (used as a proxy for “sharing” on any digital channel) something that you might need to “re-call” later: continue reading →

“Trust me” journalism, TIME style

“Trust me” journalism, TIME style

TIME - 20 Jan 2014On display today:  journalism-as-an-op-ed: juicy on claims, thin on sources. Center court: "A Nightmare Returns" (print title) in the January 20, 2014 edition of TIME. Journalist, Aryn Baker, the magazine's Middle East Bureau Chief: a title you have to discover by searching the TIME website, no biographical details in print, no bio link online. The first named source occurs in the fifth paragraph. And that source, the Institute for the Study of War, is arguably pro-war/intervention, given that its funding comes from the war industry, such as Tomahawk missile designer Raytheon, F-16 manufacturer General Dynamics and private military company DynCorp. In fact, there are no non-vested interest sources named. [1] …continue reading →