Is social media a friend or foe of science? An opinion piece published in JAMA last week suggests the latter: Protecting the Value of Medical Science in the Age of Social Media and ‘Fake News‘ The authors argue social media poses a threat to science in several ways: Unfettered publication of unvetted information by sources of unknown reliability. An emerging tactic of decrying disagreeable content as “fake” or part of a “conspiracy.” Opponents of evidence-based research who perpetuate misinformation and often auto-validate it within their own “echo chamber.” Emotionally persuasive appeals trumping evidence, and hits/likes often conveying a false sense of legitimacy. Although these threats may seem self-evident to some, their impact is far-reaching and often don’t draw much news coverage. In fact, it’s often news organizations — not malicious rogues or bots or purveyors of “fake news” — that are some … [Read more...] about Is social media hurting science … and people?
Growing your business with social media
THE use of social media in business operations has been growing exponentially for a number of years, with OFCOM revealing Northern Ireland has had a sharp uptake of image-based social media. Local ret[...] You have reached your limit of free articles Registered users get 5 regular articles and 1 free Premium article per week. … [Read more...] about The rise of digital risks: protect your business with cyber insurance
An animated Mark Harvey presents at the latest Lovewell Blake Building Brilliance in Business Masterclass. Picture: Andy Newman Archant Modern brands drive growth – does yours? That was the direct and challenging question posed by marketing expert Mark Harvey at a recent masterclass run by Future50 partner Lovewell Blake. There are seven key lessons about modern branding, and three critical steps that all businesses can take to ensure that their brand plays a - perhaps the - central part in growing that business. So says marketing expert Mark Harvey, presenting at the latest Building Brilliance in Business masterclass. “The biggest mistake that many companies make when considering brand is to get the crayons out too soon and think only of brand in terms of visual identity,” he said. “It is really important to have the commercial conversation first – what does your brand need to achieve in commercial terms, and how can it be embraced in the totality of … [Read more...] about Future50 partner masterclass: How can you use branding to grow your business?
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by: JD Heyes Tags: Censorship, computing, democrats, evidence, evil, Facebook, findings, First Amendment, Glitch, Google, mark zuckerberg, Media Research Center, proof, report, shadow banning, suppression, techno tyranny, technology, Twitter, YouTube (Natural News) As often as social media giants like Twitter, Facebook, Google, and YouTube like to deny they are censoring or “shadow-banning” conservative and independent media, ongoing research proves otherwise. In fact, a major new study by the Media Research Center provides evidence galore that the social media behemoths are doing all they can to censor and downgrade content which does not promote Alt-Left social, cultural, and political views. The center’s new report, “Censored! How Online Media Companies are Suppressing Conservative Speech,” explains in full detail how content that is pro-Trump, pro-Constitution, pro-small government, and pro-America First is being … [Read more...] about Corporate social media behemoths are systematically censoring independent media: Stunning new report confirms the carnage
WE HAVE seen over the past two weeks how social media can be a disgusting and merciless cesspit of hate and vitriol. It has certainly made our worlds bigger, but the power it wields can be dangerous and terrifying and two high-profile cases have proved that beyond any doubt. Last week a news story revealed that a solicitor for Stephanie Knox, the young woman who was at the pier on the night of the awful Buncrana tragedy in which five members of the same family lost their lives, had placed a claim for damages with the council and the estate of the deceased driver. Back in 2016 Stephanie helped her then partner Davitt Walsh rescue a baby from the stricken car that had fallen into Lough Swilly before it sunk. She witnessed the family drown and she has since suffered from debilitating post traumatic stress disorder and trauma connected to the incident. Keyboard warriors, trolls, wannabe solicitors, super experts on mental health issues and thousands of hateful people filled news feeds with … [Read more...] about Leona O’Neill: How can adults preach respect to children, then savage each other on social media?