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True Genius: How to go from “the future of journalism” to a fire sale in a few short years
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Feb. 25, 2011, 6 p.m.

Links on Twitter: A Hack Day challenge, echo chambers and democracy, the future of “unmarketing”

Is this the coolest student journalist resume ever? »

The Peep show returns! (WaPo’s annual Peeps Diorama Contest, that is) »’s Hack Day Challenge takes place this weekend »

So @alexismadrigral did a smart thing: a side-by-side comparison of New Google and Old Google search results »

"Online News: Public Sphere or Echo Chamber?" A @c4fcm podcast featuring the Lab’s @jbenton »

Zeitgeist-y new job title: "unmarketing manager" (via @emilybell) »

"Wrapping the whole world in intelligence": Reed Hundt on the Internet and international law »

Oh, awesome. Dataviz, circa 1900 »

Garfield on the Twitter revolution debates: "Social media are not about messaging; they are about relationships" »

Demand Media exec: Despite Google’s updates, "we haven’t seen a material net impact on our Content & Media business" »

Great conversation taking place in the comments on @jxpaton‘s TBD-reax blog post »

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True Genius: How to go from “the future of journalism” to a fire sale in a few short years
Genius (née Rap Genius) wanted to “annotate the world” and give your content a giant comment section you can’t control. Now it can’t pay back its investors.
This study shows how people reason their way through echo chambers — and what might guide them out
“You really don’t know whether this person making a good-sounding argument is really smart, is really educated, or whether they’re just reading off something that they read on Twitter.”
Misinformation is a global problem. One of the solutions might work across continents too.
Plus: What Africa’s top fact-checkers are doing to combat false beliefs about Covid-19.