By Mackenzie Olson
Before you re-share an online article, before you give weight to its assertions—before you even begin to read the first line—ask yourself one question: “Does this look like a credible source?”
At a young age, I learned that I must first ask this question before citing to any given resource in a research paper or project. Accordingly, I learned where to look for reputable sources, how to determine which of these sources were credible, and the ways in which to best use these sources to locate further acceptable resources.
I was surprised when I learned just how frequently Internet users are duped into reading, believing, and ultimately re-sharing fake news stories. In the months immediately prior to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the top performing fake news stories generated more engagement than the top performing real stories published by major news outlets. These leading fake stories generated over 8.7 million shares, reactions, and comments on social media, while the leading stories published by major news outlets generated about 7.3 million similar reactions. Continue reading “How to Fight Fake News in a World Spewing Alternative Facts”
By Samuel J. Daheim
“[Sylvester] Stallone is one of the greatest American talents of the last and present century,” explains a complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Rogue Marble Productions Inc., Stallone’s “loan out company.” Stallone has achieved critical acclaim “as an actor, filmmaker, producer, director and screenwriter, but is most well-known for his Hollywood action roles.” Stallone is suing Warner Bros. Entertainment over allegations that the film company breached its contract with Stallone and Rogue Marble for the former’s work in the 1993 science-fiction film “Demolition Man” (the Film). Continue reading “Demolition Man Seeks Retribution Against Motion Pictures Studio”
By Danielle Ollero
Grafitti is often considered a form of vandalism, or a criminal act. However, at the 5Pointz building in Queens New York, it is the white washers who are being called vandals. Continue reading “Off the Walls”
By Jessy R. Nations
Dear Internet, I hope you’re happy. Just look what you did. You went and made Nazis again. Seriously, what were you thinking? It’s 2017 for crying out loud. I thought we all decided Nazis were bad like 50 years ago. But no, you just had to keep pushing that envelope. Now we have to do this for the next few years.
Under the guise of “free speech,” open racism and white supremacy have been on the rise. Whether they call themselves “Identarians,” “racial realists,” or the “Alt-Right,” these groups are everywhere. They’ve cleaned up their image and streamlined their rhetoric, but their core principle is the same: White people are better than everyone else, and are under attack from all the various minorities who should be removed by any means necessary. And it’s far more than just talk these days. To make matters worse, they’re recruiting. I vaguely recall a time when being openly racist would make you a social pariah. Now this behavior can land you a book deal, get you invited to talk shows, and give you a tour for you to speak at college campuses where you can threaten trans and immigrant students while your fans shoot protesters. In the interest of combating racism, this blog post offers a brief guide on how to spot these lunatics as well as some thoughts on what the law can do before they starting shooting up schools. Continue reading “Let’s Fight Nazis”
By Alex Bullock
Next month, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. will hold their annual shareholders’ meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders’ meeting is a spectacle unlike any other, bringing investors from around the country (if not the world) to middle America for a weekend of free swag and corporate governance. Along with a 5k run, a movie screening, and endless corporate partner booths, the shareholders will take formal corporate action to vote to elect directors, to give an advisory vote on executive compensation plans, and to act on shareholder proposals, among other things. Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders’ meeting is a significant event; indeed, I myself have thought about buying stock in the company just to see what their shareholder meeting is like in person. Continue reading “Virtual Shareholders’ Meetings: Yay or Nay?”
By Jeff Bess
During the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency, Twitter accounts purporting to represent unofficial “resistance” factions of federal agencies emerged and proliferated alternative perspectives on the inner workings of the Trump administration and its policies. These accounts claim to represent holdover factions from the Obama administration and career officials in agencies and government organizations such as the National Parks Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The accounts issued frequent tweets critiquing the Trump administration’s policies across a variety of issues. Agencies “represented” by “alternative” Twitter accounts run the gamut from the Department of Justice to NASA to the National Weather Service.
Continue reading “Twitter Fights Back in the ‘Trump Era’ to Protect ‘Rogue’ Government Accounts”
By Beth St. Clair
Overheard: “I deleted all my social media accounts. But I kept my Snapchat account. That’s why it’s worth buying.” – As spoken by a millennial.
But what exactly are Snap’s investors, like this one, getting?
Continue reading “Snap, Crackle, and Stop? No Voting Rights for Snap’s Public Shares”