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Here’s the truth: ‘fake news’ is not social media’s fault

But we are living in a post-truth society where it is extraordinarily difficult to correct falsehoods passed on so swiftly and indiscriminately through the net

Remember how mainstream media’s lies and distortions were going to be corrected by people using social media?

Now we have mainstream media trying to cope with fake news distributed through social media.

To add to the drama, we have fake claims by digital moguls that they can do something positive to stop the dissemination of fake news.

Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg, having initially denied that fake news was problematic, now wants us to believe that “we’ve been working on this problem for a long time.” Really? So it is a problem after all?

As for Google, its chiefs seem to think fake news will be strangled to death by removing advertising tools that enable sites to make money by spreading lies.

But the fake news phenomenon is not only driven by shysters seeking profit. Some of it is propagandistic (as was clear during the US presidential election) and some of it is simply mischievous.

Politicians have no right to complain. Down the years so many of them have played fast and loose with the truth. Their spin doctors turned lying into an art form.

This year’s elections on either side of the Atlantic confirmed that we may, sadly, be living in a post-truth society.

Americans have elected a lying president in Donald Trump. Britons have voted to leave the European Union in a campaign noted for abundant lies.

Mainstream media has been blindsided by the lying phenomenon. Cynics will surely say that its chiefs are upset by the rise of competing liars who appear to do the job so much better than them.

So be it. But let’s also consider how difficult it is nowadays for journalists who think they are being fair and balanced (not in a Fox News way) in their reporting.

Their impartiality tools just don’t work any longer. For example, during the Brexit debate, the views of the overwhelming majority of scientists were “balanced” in a BBC discussion by the opinion of a spokesman for a fringe body. There was no equivalence.

Barack Obama made a similar observation in a New Yorker interview in saying: “An explanation of climate change from a Nobel prize-winning physicist looks exactly the same on your Facebook page as the denial of climate change by somebody on the Koch brothers’ payroll.”

His complaint about is that, in the new media environment, “everything is true and nothing is true.” In fact, as the BBC instance shows, it happens across all media.

The real problem with new media is the speed with which falsehoods are spread and the difficulty of providing countervailing corrective information.

I have just faced the consequences of this phenomenon. Last week, the students’ union at City, University of London passed a stupid motion banning the Sun, Daily Mail and Daily Express from the campus.

None of the 500 or so students currently studying journalism at City voted for the motion. Indeed, only one of them appears to have attended the meeting (and voted against the ban).

Yet, on Facebook, a number of people – including current and former journalists – misread the stories about the vote and began to criticise City’s journalism students for doing something they had not done.

Despite my unequivocal statement about journalism students having had no responsibility for the motion, and similar forthright denials by my colleagues, the lie proved difficult to quash.

People picked up on the story days later and, unaware of the truth, repeated it. So denials had to be ceaselessly reiterated. A myth had been created and it wouldn’t surprise me if there are still people who believe it.

It’s not the fault of social media (you can’t blame the platform), but it is a consequence of it, because lies can be passed on so swiftly and indiscriminately.

And, of course, it is also about human fallibility. Lies that play to our prejudices are more easily believed and we pass them on thoughtlessly, exacerbating the problem.

Quoting Obama again, he said of new media: “The capacity to disseminate misinformation, wild conspiracy theories, to paint the opposition in wildly negative light without any rebuttal – that has accelerated in ways that much more sharply polarise the electorate and make it very difficult to have a common conversation.”

Yes, and here’s a further irony. There is a well-known adage that “a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its trousers on.”

It is usually attributed to Winston Churchill. But the website Quote Investigator, which substitutes shoes for trousers incidentally, suggests it was coined many, many years before Churchill got to it.

So even a quote about how lies gain currency could be false. And we can’t blame social media for that, can we?


Online Shopping – The smarter shopping experience.

Online shopping has gained so much popularity among people today, that almost all the leading and small scale brands have started merchandising their products through online shopping. There are electronics, apparels, accessories, jewelry, stationary what not…every product has come to a “click away distance”. The best thing about online shopping is that you will only sit in your place and pay for it, the product gets delivered at your door step within the stipulated time frame. You can even send the product to someone abroad as well.

E-commerce has taken the online shopping experience to its next level by their widest range of savings offers and varieties of products. There is everything available online with a detailed explanation of the product which gives the customer the feel of virtual shopping.  The products range from clothing to android tablets and from an anti snoring device to the high efficient LED lights. All these are coming up from the branded seller and come with unmatched quality.

When you are unsure on what to give a loved one, just dive into the online shopping web pages and start exploring to come up with the best idea ever. This will give you chance to go through hundreds of products in each category and buy the best ones among them. This kind of shopping you won’t be able to do in virtual shopping because most of the people hesitate to ask the sales person to show more products after certain limit. This won’t happen in online shopping.

While you have plenty of products displayed to make a choice, you are given a choice to make payments as well.  You can buy using your debit card, credit card or use net banking where the amount is directly withdrawn from your bank account balance. This is done via a secured gateway to prevent the incorrect usage of the details you key in. The products bought via online shopping are safely delivered at your door step. There is another payment mode COD (Cash on delivery) where you can take the productFree Articles, check and pay for it only if you receive it in proper condition.

Can Grab or Uber monitor your driving pattern and use that as a reason to ban!

According to one driver in Singapore! they can. Below are the screenshots.

Average Hard Braking Events 4!

Average Sudden Acceleration Events 7!


How can GRAB provide such details on the way the driver drives! But cannot provide clear information on the driver’s earnings?




To all those drivers who are banned! from Uber or Grab in Singapore! Consider it a blessing.

If what I said is wrong! please let me know in the comments.

Top 10 most popular destinations of the World

To answer a question like; “Where to go for a holiday” gets another question of “What do you want to do on your holiday”. The common answer from those traveling as a family is usually sightseeing and shopping. Husbands love to ‘sightsee’ and wives love to ‘shop’ as tourists.

Here I am going to share some popular destinations of the world where you can go and enjoy with your family and friends. As to what you can do in each and every destination is not possible in one post. So I have provided links for other sites which provide more information for tourists.

Bangkok: – Bangkok is the capital and the most beautiful city in Thailand.

Ho Chi Minh – Ho Chi Minh is the capital of Vietnam. A communist country where the government takes care of its citizens. Really ironic.

London: – London is a is the city of England, which is famous for its surroundings, for shopping and museums.

Singapore: – This is another Asian city which is famous for its tourism activities.

Kuala Lumpur: – Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia.

Hong Kong: – Hong Kong is the city of China, very well known for its nature and water sports.

Enjoy your holidays.

Difference between Canon DSLR 800d and 80d

In February, Canon announced the EOS Rebel T7i (800D) and EOS 77D, adding two new choices to the company’s already confusing lineup.  Canon has always kept the identification of its DSLR models simple. Not any more with the introduction of the 77D.

In this article we’ll break down what separates the T7i, 77D and the existing EOS 80D.

All models have a same sensor “24.2MP APS-C CMOS”.
Processor is better on the 800D (Digic 7) vs (Digic 6) on the 80D
ISO Range better on the 800D at 25600 vs the 80D at 12800
Shutter Speed better on the  80D at 1/8000
Viewfinder coverage is 100% on the 80D vs 95% on the 800D.

The video below may hopefully clear some part of the Canon naming process.

Advantages of a Chauffeur Driven Vehicle when traveling

Many people tend to avoid, or don’t think about hiring a chauffeur driven car,  because they think it is expensive and usually for VIPs, celebrities and high flyers. In the past this could be true, but with the introduction of ride  sharing apps like Uber/Lyft and Grab in Asia, it has opened the doors for normal cars to come in and cater to the budget traveler.

We all travel at some point in our daily lives, obviously some more than others.  When traveling abroad, whether this is the small businessman on his once a year holiday, or the businessman who is in a different city twice a week, the problems of traveling in unknown places are the same…they need to take a taxi. Now if they were to travel to a place where taxis do not frequent, their return trip might be a problem.

With a hired chauffeured service, the problem is removed. Immediately you have at your disposal a safe and experienced driver with an excellent knowledge of the local area. Arrive at the airport, be picked up by the chauffeur and he will whisk you on to our hotel, via an excellent local restaurant if that is what you wish.

The point being that you have at your service a local tour guide, who knows were your hotel is, knows the good restaurants and will be able to deliver you promptly to your business meeting when needed, or perhaps take you onwards to the best beach in the area, if you are on holiday.

When in Singapore, visit Chauffeur Services in Singapore for the best hourly rates.


How to Choose the Best Digital Camera for First-Timers

Plan Ahead

The most common mistake made when people bought their digital cameras for the first time is to go directly to a local camera shop or visit an online shop and purchasing their camera without doing a research first. If you do so, most likely you will make the wrong decision buying a product that has too many features that you may never need. Never buy a product just because of the promising ads that attract you. Don’t just select the newest product, because newer doesn’t always mean better. Higher megapixel or longer zoom are not a guarantee that a product is better for you to choose because all of it doesn’t necessarily fit your needs.

Decide what you want from a digital camera.

There are so many choices of digital cameras on the market, and none of them is an all in one device that can be suitable for all kind of purposes. Each camera has its pros and cons on their own. By answering a few questions below, you will be able to focus on a fewer number of cameras that are appropriate to your needs:

-What do you need the camera for?

-Do you need a camera for daily use or do you plan to pursue photography more seriously?

-Which type of photography will you be doing more often (sports-photography, portraits, landscapes, or macro-photography)?

-In which condition will you be using your camera most (normal, extreme, indoor, outdoor, low light or bright light)?

-Do you prefer to carry a small and light camera or is it alright for you to carry a big and bulky digital camera as long as it is packed with lots of features?

-What kind of additional or special features do you need from a camera?

By answering the questions above, you can determine whether you need a point-and-shoot digital camera, a super-zoom camera, a micro four thirds camera or a digital SLR camera.

Set your maximum budget.

Maybe money is not a problem for some people. But most people will surely have a maximum limit to spend for a digital camera. Set your maximum budget and focus your choice on the cameras that fit your budget. Don’t forget to provide a reserve fund for camera accessories you might need such as lenses, external flash, camera bag, tripod, additional memory cards, spare batteries, etc.

Do your own research.

Of course it would be easier to go directly to your local camera shop and meet a salesperson to help you there. But it would be better if you previously do your own research by reading the reviews in some digital camera magazines.Youtube is a good place to search for reviews and demos which could help in making that decision.

You can also visit some good digital camera websites to find expert reviews there. Never trust a single source only, but compare a variety of reviews from various sources. You need to look for unbiased reviews that are truly neutral and honest because there are some reviewers that are paid by particular camera manufacturers to recommend their products. After you finish your research, you can specify 2 or 3 cameras of your choice and start comparing prices. Compare several online stores because the price difference between one and the other online store could be significant sometimes.

Get a feel of the chosen device

Once you narrowed down your choice to 2 or 3 cameras and completed your own research, go to some local camera shops to see, hold and try operating the cameras of your choice. Let the salesperson help you and provide you with additional product information. After deciding the camera that you want to purchase, try to negotiate the price and compare it with the lowest price that you can get from online stores. Do not rush, take your time to compare prices at several camera shops and purchase the camera of your choice at a local camera shop or an online store that can offer you the lowest price. Finally, you should not rush to buy all sorts of camera accessories that you think you would need. Get used to use your new digital camera for a while firstHealth Fitness Articles, after that you can decide which camera accessories you really need.

Compact Cameras

Compact cameras are good if you are looking for a simple one to take general photos and videos. It is usually light weight and small. If you have no experience in photography, this is a good place to start.

Budget from $100 upwards

DSLR Cameras

DSLR cameras produce better images and have tons of features. It also costs more as the camera body and lenses are 2 separate items. You might also start adding lenses and other accessories and this could add up quickly.  In order to make the most out of your camera, you have to learn how to shoot in manual.

Where To Get The Cheapest Airplane Tickets in Asia

Traveling within Asia is a very dynamic and interesting journey.  There are so many countries to see and experience in Asia. Therefore if you plan on visiting Asia for a tour, then it is best to know how to get the cheapest airline tickets in Asia. Because of the huge market in Asia, there is a large market for low cost budget airlines. These budget airline carriers are in a constant price war. Therefore by taking advantage of these budget airline companies, you will save a huge amount of money on your travels in Asia. The more money you save on your plane tickets, the more you can spend your money on other things on your vacation! Here are a few of the most popular budget airlines in Asia.

Air Asia

Air Asia is headquartered in Malaysia, and is probably the biggest budget airline company in the Southeast Asia Region. Its flagship air terminal is located in the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. They offer numerous flights within the region, to places such as Singapore, Hong Kong, and Thailand. They also now expanded their routes, to long haul flights to places such as Australia, and even to England!

Tiger Airways

Tiger Airways is one of the main competitors to Air Asia. They are affiliated with Singapore Airlines. They offer similar routes as Air Asia, with the exception of long haul flights. They also have flight routes from certain cities in China to Singapore. Their prices often can be found lower than Air Asia, however the interior of the plane is slightly older. Either way, the prices offered are quite competitive, and therefore you cannot rule them out as an option.

Jetstar Asia

Jetstar Asia is a raising competitor in the budget airline industry in Asia. Jetstar Asia is affiliated with Quantas Airways. Their focus is mainly the Asia Pacific Region, including countries in South East Asia, to Australia, China, and Japan. Their airplane’s are quite well equipped and new, therefore travelling with Jetstar Asia is very good value for money.

There are definitely more budget airlines in Asia that were not mentioned in this article. However the three mentioned here are the most reliable and popular ones. You can search up their names in google to visit their websitesComputer Technology Articles, and just simply select the destinations you wish to go to compare the prices. These are just one of the many simple strategies on how to get the cheapest airplane tickets in Asia.


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