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Being wary

People are just not particularly dumb when it comes to what passes for news these days.
In fact, they're pretty darned sophisticated.
That's one conclusion you might draw from data collected in focus groups and surveys conducted by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University.
InfoDocket issued a summary of the Reuters study today.
The surveys were among adults in the United States, the UK, Spain and Finland (I don't know why) and were designed to see what the respondents might know about the origins of fake news and their opinions about fake news.
One thing is clear from the findings: People tend to be skeptical, period.
And, that's a very good thing these days. If your mother says she loves you, check it out!
Here is InfoDocket's conclusion:
"Our findings suggest that, from an audience perspective, fake news is only in part about fabricated news reports narrowly defined, and much more about a wider discontent with the information landscape— including news media and politicians as well as platform companies. Tackling false news narrowly speaking is important, but it will not address the broader issue that people feel much of the information they come across, especially online, consists of poor journalism, political propaganda, and misleading forms of advertising and sponsored content."
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