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Misinformation Dictionary.com selected this year's word 2018 false news truth

NEW YORK – Misinformation, as opposed to disinformation, was chosen as the words of Dictionary.coms this year on the tattered…

NEW YORK Misinformation, as opposed to disinformation, was chosen as the words of Dictionary.coms this year on the tattered coats of “toxic” chosen earlier this month for the same honor of Oxford dictionaries in these tumultuous times.

Jane Solomon, a linguistic in-residence at Dictionary, said in a new interview that her website’s choice of “miss” over “dis” was deliberate, intended to act as an “act” to be vigilant in the battle against false news flat landers and anti-växxer among other wires.

It is the intention of accidentally misleading or doing it with the purpose of the Oakland, California-based company to highlight. The company decided that it would be high when others have spent a lot of 201

8 gone low.

“The apparent spread of incorrect data really brings new challenges to navigating life in 2018,” Salomon told the Associated Press ahead of the word word announcement. “Misinformation has been around for a long time, but in the last decade, the emergence of social media has really changed how information is shared. We believe that understanding the concept of wrong information is crucial for identifying incorrect information when we encounter it in the wild, and which can ultimately help to limit its impact. “

When studying searches on the website that trended this year, the dictionary noted” our relationship to truth is something that came over over and over again, “she said.

For example, the word “mainstream” popped a lot and spiked in January as the term “mainstream media” or MSM, grew into giant proportions, lasting as an insult to some of the political rights. Other words that angered the same problem included a lookup in February for “White Lie” after Hope Hicks, then the White House Communications Director, admitted to telling some of President Trump.

Orwellet “Orwellian” arose in heavy speeches in May after a statement attributed to the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused the Chinese government of “Orwellian nonsense” to attempt to make its views on US national and private companies when declaring that United Airlines, American Airlines and other foreign airlines should refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as part of China in material published, such as their websites.

Incorrect information, said Salomon, “frames what we have all been through the past 12 months.” In that way, the 90 million monthly user site has committed itself to adding new words for “filter bubble” [ “false news”, “after fact” “after truth” and “homophily” among others. Other word entries on the site have become fresh to reflect current new sentences, including “echo chamber”.

The company’s best-loved runner includes “representation”, driven by the popularity of the movie “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” along with the winner of the United States mid-term election for Muslim women, Indians and LGBTQ candidates.

But the emergence of misinformation, says Salomon, stretches well beyond US borders and Facebook’s role in spreading false news and propaganda in the Cambridge Analytica scandal . The use of Facebook and other social media to encourage violence and conflict was documented around the world in 2018, she said.

“Hatartal and rumors published Facebook facilitated violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, Riot began in Sri Lanka after false news put the country’s Buddhist majority against Muslims and fake rumors about child wreckers on WhatsApp led to mob violence in India “Solomon said.

Is disinformation or misinformation at stake for the most prominent conspiracy theories of the year? Solomon noted dissemination of social media about students in Parkland’s shooting shooting crisis actor instead of violence victims and over a group of immigrants from Honduras who make the road north financed by “rich liberals”.

Elsewhere in the culture, countless podcasts and videos have spread the absurd view of a global coverage that the earth is flat rather than round. The idea of ​​”missinfodemics” has occurred in recent years to identify the anti-vaccination movement and other beliefs that lead to real health crises, “says Salomon.

There are differences between wrong information and disinformation that should be emphasized. [19659003] “Disinformation would also have been a really interesting word of the year this year, but our choice of wrong information was very intentional,” she said. “Disinformation is a word that looks externally to investigate the behavior of others. It’s like pointing out behavior and saying,” THIS is disinformation. “Incorrect information still contains some of the points, but it can also look more internally to help us evaluate our own behavior, which is really important for the fight against misinformation. It is a word of self-reflection, and thus can be A call to action. You can still be a good person who has no scary agenda and still disseminates miss information. “

She pointed to” Poe’s Law “in slicing and dicing” misinfo “and” disinfo. ” The term, dating back to 2005, has become an internet card to summarize how easy it is to spread satire truthfully online when an author’s intention is not clearly stated.

The expression is based on a comment published by Nathan Poe on a Christian forum during a discussion about creationism, where he commented: “Without a flashing smiley or other blatant humorous appearance, it is extremely (sic) impossible to parodize a creationist in this way that someone (italics used) will not mistake the genuine article. “

Dictionary.com chose” complicated “ as last year’s word. In 2016 there was “xenophobia”.

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