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How Do People Get News Online?

How Do People Get News Online?

CHRISTIAAN HOGENDORN • Wesleyan University

April 3 @ 6 P.M. | Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

Concern over "fake news" is partly about what news the public sees online, but fake news is also driven by how people get online news. Websites of major news outlets have some similarities to print and television. News aggregators, such as Google News, put together news stories from many sources and have been subject to charges of piracy. Social media such as Facebook deliver news along with other types of content based on a mixture of human friends’ likes and computer algorithms. Communications networks like Twitter allow people to receive news directly without any reporter or other intermediary. In my research, I use the economics of the commons and of infrastructure to ask how these different methods of getting news affect the type of news people read and watch.

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