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04 SEPTEMBER 2018

Sweden: Truth, Lies and Manipulated Narratives

"Good Sweden vs Bad Sweden. Sweden is usually recognised as being innovative, transparent and progressive, with good healthcare, welfare and gender equality. More recently, however, a growing chorus of Sweden sceptics have emerged. In this report, Gabriel Gatehouse went to find out more about these competing narratives."

Sweden: Truth, Lies and Manipulated Narratives. 2018. BBC Two, BBC Newsnight. 22 August 2018, 22:30, 18 minutes.

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BBC Twocontrasting perspectivescultural narrativescultural valuesdiscrepancydrugsdual narrativesEvan Davis • failed multicultural project • fiction and reality • Gabriel Gatehouse • good versus evilgunsimmigration • Jack Garland • liberal utopia • lies • Malmo • manipulated narratives • mirror worldmodel citizennationalism • Newsnight (TV programme) • night and day metaphorother sideparallel narrativesparallel storiesprejudgment • questioning familiar narratives • refugee • Rosengard • secular society • Stuart Denman • Swedentruth

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Simon Perkins
17 SEPTEMBER 2017

The Macedonian digital workers behind the US fake news industry

"In the final weeks of the US presidential election, Veles attained a weird infamy in the most powerful nation on earth; stories in The Guardian and on BuzzFeed revealed that the Macedonian town of 55,000 was the registered home of at least 100 pro-Trump websites, many of them filled with sensationalist, utterly fake news. (The imminent criminal indictment of Hillary Clinton was a popular theme; another was the pope's approval of Trump.) The sites' ample traffic was rewarded handsomely by automated advertising engines, like Google's AdSense. An article in The New Yorker described how President Barack Obama himself spent a day in the final week of the campaign talking 'almost obsessively' about Veles and its 'digital gold rush.'"

(Samanth Subramanian, 15 February 2017, Wired)

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20172020advertising • American news sites • baseless claimsCNN • consumerist boom • deceitfulnessdeceptiondestabilised perception • digital gold rush • digital work • digital worker • Donald Trumpfake news • fake news industry • fake news websites • fakery • false claims • false information • false news • false statementsfalsehoodfalsificationfalsify realityfraud • fraudulent behaviour • gullibilityinfamyliesMacedonia • manipulating information • manipulative contrivances • misinformationmistruthsmoralitynews mediapost-truth politicspro-Trump mediasensationalism • sensationalist stories • Titov Veles • true or false • Trump Veles • US election • US election campaign • Veles • viral news media • Yugoslavia

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Simon Perkins
01 MARCH 2017

Trump’s 10 Steps for Turning Lies into Half-Truths

Robert Reich, 28 February 2017, Inequality Media.

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10-step plan • 2017baseless claimsbe vigilant • believing lies to be true • blogosphereconfused and disorientedconfusion tacticscontradictory narrativescontradictory perspectives • creating controversy • deceitfulnessdeception • deliberate intention to mislead • destabilised perception • discrediting experts • dishonest • dishonesty • disputed fact • Donald Trumpexpert informationexpert knowledgefake news • fallacious belief • false claimsfalse statementsfalsehood • falsehoods • falsify realityfound to be true by manygaslighting • Gerard Baker • gullibility • Inequality Media • know the truth • lies • lying • mainstream media • media reports • mental tricks • mincing words • misleading messagemistruths • near truths • partisan divide • perceptions of realitypolitical control • political tactics • post-truth • post-truth politicspost-truth world • president • pro-Trump mediapublic thought • questioning expert knowledge • report lies as lies • Republican • right-wing blogosphere • Robert Reich • spread the truth • tweets • US president • Wall Street Journalwhat is really happening

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Simon Perkins
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