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"Getting it right is expensive, getting it first is cheap."
- Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch, on news.
It’s when media uses its reach and persuasion power to make people do or think things they otherwise would not. This often comes in the form of exaggeration, distortion, fabrication and s...
Media manipulation exploits the difference between perception and reality using the still remaining trust for truthful content it once had. But the current fast and hyper-competitive nature of t...
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It's our tendency to believe false information to be correct after repeated exposure to it.
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