Newsmax, Fox News, Joe Biden discussed on World Affairs Council


Were the more um Nish content, and that's what you're continuing to see. There's been a really interesting divide. Now we're even Fox News is being rejected by some parts of the people who are very, very deeply in this ecosystem who believe that because Fox News called Arizona for Joe Biden and his, you know also of the opinion that Joe Biden won the presidential election, so in other words, in keeping with facts What they're looking for, instead is engagement with O and a newsmax and more extreme fringe media that are telling them what they want to hear. And that is, that is, I think the real danger that you you immerse yourself in a space where you are only told what you want to hear, Buy properties that are financially incentivized to keep telling you what you want to hear. And then eventually there is a crash because your reality doesn't comport with actual reality, And that's where there's the tendency for something like violence. Among communities of people who are absolutely convinced that the election has been stolen. Right. So what does it tell you that when? Yeah, you've had maybe say a fox news that has been supporting your reality for a really long time doing the bare minimum in terms of fact checking or, you know Saying who won the presidential election and how by something as logical as vote counts that it actually rather than moderating people's views and saying, Oh, okay, like, maybe I should accept this because I trust this new source because it's been you know something that I believed in and supported my views for so long. Rather than doing that. It ends up actually driving people toward Newsmax in Oh, yes. And as you were saying, you know these other alternative alternative platforms. What does it say about where we're at a guess as a society? Rene duress to I think that what it is about us as a society is that they're this. This crisis of trust is bigger than social media. Right. Social media is infrastructure. It's the infrastructure upon which you get your information. That's where you communicate with your friends. It's now so tightly coupled with broadcast media right, Sometimes the narrative emerges up from the bottom where social media chatter becomes the nightly news. Other times, people on social media discuss what was on the nightly news, right. So there's this. This interplay between these ecosystems. At this point there are You know, historically low levels of trust in media historically high levels of polarization, and so the dynamics at play are far bigger than what Facebook chooses to show you. Or you know these air platforms that air that exacerbated that reflected but also at the same time. People are looking to find people who are like them to communicate with two commiserated with particularly at this time when there are people who sincerely believe that Donald Trump was re elected and are looking to kind of hold out, you know, hold out hope and and kind of continue to fight that fight. We're talking about the rising popularity of conservative social networks with Rene to rest to research manager at Stanford Internet Observatory. You our listeners are with us. Give us a call 8667336786 Get in touch on Twitter or Facebook at KQED. Former email as a form of kqed dot org's And tell us how you think we need to regain trust offline in the real world. And what questions you have about these alternative social media networks like parlor and whether or not there you've been drawn to them. Real practice senior writer Wired has been with us. Thanks so much for joining us for your reporting on parlor. It was really illuminating. Thank you so much, and we'll have more with Renate arrested after the break. Stay with us. We'll get straight to your calls. I mean, it came China banned all fentanyl related compounds more than a year ago. But that hasn't stopped users from obtaining chemicals used to make the opioid if they know where to.

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