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(Salon)   Google's war against non-news. Oh Fark   (salon.com) divider line 24
    More: Obvious, Google News, electronic publishing, branded content, Jeff Bercovici  
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3368 clicks; posted to Business » on 10 Apr 2013 at 5:11 PM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-04-10 04:56:25 PM  
Why isn't this brought to us by Buzzfeed?
 
2013-04-10 05:00:17 PM  
Google should still list the articles.... they should just put (satire) next to them like when you come upon an Onion or similar article on Google News.

/although, honestly, why is Google "News" linking the The Onion anyway.... the Onion is great, but, it isn't "News".... given that line of thinking, looking up "Football Teams" on Google I should get everybody's fantasy football team listed.
 
2013-04-10 05:12:55 PM  

dletter: Google should still list the articles.... they should just put (satire) next to them like when you come upon an Onion or similar article on Google News.

/although, honestly, why is Google "News" linking the The Onion anyway.... the Onion is great, but, it isn't "News".... given that line of thinking, looking up "Football Teams" on Google I should get everybody's fantasy football team listed.


To be fair, if "The Onion" wasn't serious and accurate enough to qualify, Google "news" would just be a BBC wrapper.
 
2013-04-10 05:16:00 PM  
no

dletter: Google should still list the articles.... they should just put (satire) next to them like when you come upon an Onion or similar article on Google News.



not satire but PR pieces that look like a news report, or 95% of the news these days .
 
2013-04-10 05:38:04 PM  
Most of the time, these sponsored stories are pretty obvious.  A little bit of common sense should tell you what's what.

/off to the Weekly World News, to read about the upcoming zombie apocalpyse
 
2013-04-10 06:06:21 PM  
Unless this also filters out Bleacher Report I'm not interested.
 
2013-04-10 06:09:20 PM  
If they filter out the listicles I'd be happy.

Not to mention all the articles that are headlined "Why is X always Y?", and then fail to answer the farking question!!!

/I'm looking at you, Slate.
 
2013-04-10 06:16:34 PM  
NewsCred is not a silly valley startup.  They're based out of NYC.

They also bought Daylife last year, which has been collecting and analyzing article bodies for many years now.
 
2013-04-10 06:39:30 PM  

The Ice Cream Man:  A little bit of common sense should tell you what's what.


Unfortunately,
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-04-10 07:07:18 PM  
The Atlantic has been pretty horribly in sponsored content for the past 6-12 months (not sure exactly when it started). The whole scandal with a Scientology sponsored article they ran was pretty hilarious, and since then they've finally been marking sponsored articles clear (like this one, for example).

If sponsored articles are marked that clearly I have no real problem with them, but this article is perfectly on point that these advertisements masquerading as editorials are designed to intentionally fool the reader (and don't belong in a news indexing service).
 
2013-04-10 07:09:21 PM  
Googles war against fake news?

Well then why the hell are there still FoxNews links on Googles news page???

/Its real to some tards damnit!!
 
2013-04-10 07:13:31 PM  

LaChanz: Why isn't this brought to us by Buzzfeed?


Salon outbid BF this time.

Or a humble subby submitted this.  Maybe it's time to add usernames to submissions.
 
2013-04-10 08:49:55 PM  
[A]t a time when digital publishing experiments are happening at every point on the spectrum from pure editorial to pure commerce, there's something unsettling about the idea of a single massively powerful entity appointing itself the arbiter of what is and isn't news...

As opposed to a single massively powerful entity appointing itself the arbiter what lies, half-truths and statistics should be fed to a public lacking in real sources of truth.

Experiment? This kind of lying is a confirmed hypothesis, proven through generations of manipulating the people into wars, panics, and many other group activities through lying to them.
 
2013-04-10 09:13:20 PM  

The Ice Cream Man: Most of the time, these sponsored stories are pretty obvious.  A little bit of common sense should tell you what's what.

/off to the Weekly World News, to read about the upcoming zombie apocalpyse


its sad wwn isn't still in print.
 
2013-04-10 09:21:51 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: Maybe it's time to add usernames to submissions.


Even better: disclose the admin greenlighting each link
 
2013-04-10 10:42:25 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: [A]t a time when digital publishing experiments are happening at every point on the spectrum from pure editorial to pure commerce, there's something unsettling about the idea of a single massively powerful entity appointing itself the arbiter of what is and isn't news...

As opposed to a single massively powerful entity appointing itself the arbiter what lies, half-truths and statistics should be fed to a public lacking in real sources of truth.

Experiment? This kind of lying is a confirmed hypothesis, proven through generations of manipulating the people into wars, panics, and many other group activities through lying to them.


No shat. "The powers that be" have been manipulating people for millenia, and one power puts a slight mild limit on that, and THAT is what's concerning?
 
2013-04-10 11:23:27 PM  
Maybe that'll filter out the daily fail completely.
 
2013-04-11 12:05:08 AM  
Shocking news: Advertising company doesn't like competition.
 
2013-04-11 03:04:10 AM  
Salon has officially pissed me off. If its not some asinine pop up trying to get me to sign something, its a sudden jump to the app store for no reason, or jumping back to the top of the article every ten seconds.... So sick of salon, if it was a brick and mortar store I'd set it on fire and put it out with a hammer ...
 
2013-04-11 04:26:03 AM  
encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com

/relevant, maybe
 
2013-04-11 05:47:59 AM  
sponsored content with sweat and dead man's balls (no comments)
 
2013-04-11 06:47:52 AM  
I get the impression quite a lot of the non-specific articles in the entertainment section are like this - you know, the ones that go along the lines "10 things you didn't know about romcoms", and then maybe the last one is about a newly released film that the entire article was written to promote essentially.
 
2013-04-11 08:00:53 AM  

xria: I get the impression quite a lot of the non-specific articles in the entertainment section are like this - you know, the ones that go along the lines "10 things you didn't know about romcoms", and then maybe the last one is about a newly released film that the entire article was written to promote essentially.


WelcomeToFark.jpg
 
2013-04-11 11:49:19 AM  

ModernLuddite: xria: I get the impression quite a lot of the non-specific articles in the entertainment section are like this - you know, the ones that go along the lines "10 things you didn't know about romcoms", and then maybe the last one is about a newly released film that the entire article was written to promote essentially.

WelcomeToFark.jpg


It wasn't always that way.

/my lawn and all that
 
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