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MONTHLY MUSINGS

It was a quiet afternoon in the Social Media Hub. Anthony, Gilda, Thene, and Lipster were sitting around a table staring at the blank Doc screen on their computer. The little cursor flashed before their eyes, yet the words to make it move along the screen could not be found.

Thene looked at the three Mods and noticed their puzzled expressions. "Is the new topic ready for the start of the month? I hope you all haven't been slacking off because events have been going on." She wandered off to another room, while the three mods sat there still unsure of what to write.

"This is terrible, our new topic needs to go live in a few days. What will we do?" asked Gilda.

"I don't know about the rest of you, but I've hit a creative wall. It's like my inspiration is gone completely." muttered Anthony.

"What we need is a little spark, something to get the wheels in our brains rolling, but what?" asked Lipster.

The three continued to look at the screen, and then suddenly a smile began to perch upon their lips. In a happy unison they shouted.

"A Muse!!!"


HOW IT WORKS

That's right, we want to be inspired each month by the very people who come to take part in our monthly chats!

As always, we will have new topics twice a month for you to talk about. The second post of this thread will be updated to display the current topic being discussed. In addition, we will be awarding one ticket per topic that you respond to
with a minimum five sentences each post, for a chance of two regular tickets each month.

However, for those who keep the conversation going by staying active with more than one post per topic, we will offer one extra ticket to a very special drawing. In order to be eligible, you must have one post responding to the moderator's initial topic post;
and then at least one post responding to another user's post, with at least 3 sentences, furthering the discussions. Please note you can only earn one ticket this way, regardless how many extra posts you make.

Once a month, we will randomize from those who received an activity ticket for a winner of a custom graphic award: the "Muse of the Month."



PRIZES

The winner of the "Muse of the Month" drawing will receive a custom graphic with their favourite color as the background + 200 House Points!
*Please note the title "Muse of the Month" can only be won once every 6 months.

All tickets from the posts replying to the current topic (not including the extra activity tickets) will be randomized for the following prizes each month:

✨ Vesor Socialis Spell or 15,000 Galleons
✨ Vesor Socialis Spell or 15,000 Galleons
100 HPs
100 HPs
100 HPs
5,000 Galleons
5,000 Galleons
5,000 Galleons

So what do you have to lose? Let's start talking! If you have any questions or concerns about the new structure, please don't hesitate to contact either Anthony, Gilda or Hav.



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CURRENT TOPIC
written by GildaGlen


A recent Homepage Poll picked up on one of the anomaly’s of the Wizarding world, the lack of Muggle technology. The results of the poll made interesting reading, and perhaps unsurprisingly, computers made first place, cell phones second, third place went to pen or pencil, which made my writer’s heart happy. Respectively, electric lights and television made sixth and seventh place. This reflects how much we value our electronic gadgets.

Hogwarts has many Protection Spells and Enchantments to safeguard it from being seen by Muggles and preventing Apparation and Disapparation. We know that electricity and electronic devices are not able to function at Hogwarts as they cannot penetrate these spells sufficiently well enough, and due to the high levels of magic, computers, radar and electricity "go haywire" around the school. Radios, or the Wireless, however, are an inconsistency that is explained by them not being powered by electricity, but by magic.

Electric lights, television, computers and cell phones are a mainstay of everyday life for Muggles, and it is difficult to understand how the students make the transition to candlelight, quills, ink wells and parchment to complete everyday tasks. From a Muggle parents perspective, it must be difficult to understand why a school doesn’t have access to these basic necessities. It is now over twenty years since the publication of the first Harry Potter book, maybe its time for Hogwarts to allow students and staff access to Muggle modern technology.

+ Did you take the Homepage Poll? If yes, what did you vote for?
+ Do you think you would struggle at Hogwarts without the use of technology?
+ How would Hogwarts deal with the difficulties the Protection spells and Enchantments would cause for students to have access to technology?
+ What technology items would you be willing to give up using on a day to day basis?


These questions are meant to get your minds pondering the topic; they are not meant to limit you. Make sure to keep checking this post - we will post a new topic for discussion twice a month!

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MUSE OF THE MONTH WINNERS

AUGUST 2019
DiamondSwan15

SEPTEMBER 2019
snakesnitch43

OCTOBER 2019
Mama Philly




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I come across Fake News quite often, but sometimes, it really is difficult to tell what's true and what's false. Sometimes, it's very obvious that something is fake. There are authors who are clearly not credible as they cite no sources. Certain websites are known to be full of lies and are meant to stir up drama, particularly in the world of Hollywood. Sometimes, even the way an article is written (if it has bad grammar or a strange flow) can tell you whether something is fake, as fake news tends to be more "low effort" as no one has to check it to make sure it's right.

However, some Fake News is pretty convincing because a lot of it can be partially true. People will see all these statistics in reports that are in true but only in very specific situations that are framed as the absolute truth. In a world where one's social media image means so much and where money talks, it is easy to get even websites that are usually credible and held to stricter policies to write fibs.

Also, I tend to read what I want to believe. If I read something that rings true to me or makes me feel validated, I don't care to check if the source of the news I read is reliable.

I'm honestly not very sure if the sources I use are even that reliable. I normally use Rappler to learn about what's going on in the world, or read multiple articles from different websites and if they all seem to be in agreement with each other, I generally accept that the information is true, even when there's still a possibility that it isn't.

On a slightly different note, a lot of my favorite artists speak a language I don't understand, so I normally rely on fan translators and apparently, a lot of them, although well-meaning, spread false news because they didn't truly understand what an artist has said or understand but can't express it properly in English. Although I understand this (most of them are translating for free, after all), I think it's important to note that a lot of things really do get lost in translation and to be a bit more wary about translated articles.
 

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It is hard to discern what is real and what is fake sometimes. I research things all the time to try to find out what is real and what is not Sadly my father thinks everything that is poste on Facebook is real. Even when I show him on multiple sites that it is not. He would rather believe some stranger over me, He is so set in his views that if I disagree, I am the one telling fake news. The other day FB flagged one of his posts and said it had been proven fake and it was unreal about he railed on and on.

Fake news has become more prevalent with the advent of all the social media platforms that are available now. It is a shame, because they can be such a powerful tool for good causes.
 

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@Kestrel-Winter:
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He is so set in his views that if I disagree, I am the one telling fake news.


Man, if that ain't true... Fake news is just that powerful. Even if there is proof that it is fake, people want to be ignorant for whatever reason. Thanks to the popularity of social media, it is hard to find something objective. People always mix up opinion and fact, which I feel contributes to the pervasiveness of fake news. Back then, I thought social media was nice because it gave people a space to have discussions and work together to discover the truth, but instead, they become full-out arguments where people lash out at each other. When one person realizes they have nowhere to go and nothing to add to support their case, they can just say the other person is promoting fake news.

It's simply so common because some people (including myself, sadly) don't care about the truth. We only care about our own untrue truths.
 

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It makes it hard to have a real conversation, because people get so vehement now . Another by product of being inundated with Fake News. When I was growing up he always told me to only believe half of what you see and none of what you read, lol. What a turn around for him.
 

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Exactly! People get offended by facts, so they would rather believe Fake News that has "facts" that they like. People close their ears to the things they don't want to hear. 😩

I'm suddenly grateful that my father is willing to discuss things with me.
 

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I believe it has been called 'Alternative Facts'. ROFL
 

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Fake news... Unfortunately, I associate this term with Trump and his cabinet, so can't take it seriously.

If we're talking about clickbait/faked stories on the internet. I have had my share of experiences with it. I was caught out once posting an angry rant about Dwayne Johnson and his opinions about millenials, only to find out he never said anything of the sort. The only way to really deal with it is to take everything you read online with a grain of salt. It's not too hard to fact-check a lot of times. If anything seems out of place or strikes a funny cord, it's worth a quick google search.
 

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I always triple check anything I read..even from local news channels. Every once in awhile even they get taken in. The only thing you can do is check., You can't believe much of anything now. It's a shame. To many people are taken in by this (and other scams)

Since I don't do social media, I don't know prevalent it is. I imagine there is a lot of it. One person seeing a story then spreading it,

It's to the point where you have to prove something to me for me to believe you. I hate being that way, but I won't just randomly assume what you are telling me is true.
 

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I think the problem with fake news is that a lot of people just listen, but don't want or think to take the time to actually fact-check or think about what they've heard. Or if they hear something that doesn't fit their worldview, they just ignore it. So people end up hearing what they want to hear, and believing what it's easy to believe. It's a problem on the right, and it's a problem on the left, which really makes it hard to have meaningful conversations. I try to listen to media from all around the board so I can hear what everyone's saying and then sort out what's right, but there's only so much you can do.
 

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I am incredibly amused that this would be the topic for this, right when I finally come back from a long and unexpected Hiatus.

In that time that I was away, I moved to a new position in my workplace. The official title? Ad Content Reviewer.

What does that mean?

It means I'm part of the team that tries to keep that fake news out of those ads you see popping up everywhere. Those "content sponsored by" widgets you see at the bottom or side of websites full of "feel good" slice of life stories and slideshows of celebrity houses.

Yes, that is right my friends. I, Adalind Maddigan, am the internet police. I kid you not. That's exactly how I'm putting it on my resume if I ever leave this job. I am part of what is only one of the many companies that put those ads there, but we're doing our best to keep anything questionable away from impressionable minds.

The hardest part of my job though is deciding "Is this a news site, or is it a bored blogger trying to get clicks?" I've been at this since February and I still don't have an equation for it. Yes, there are some that are obvious, but some of them are really good at it.

My best advice?
If the information they are trying to sell you is spread over more than one page; leave.
 

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I don't think I have ever seen any false articles about anything, maybe those 5 minute hacks but these aren't news.

My advice is, I guess, to see if the news are on more than one or two sites. If they are, there is 70% chance for them to be real and not fake news.
If it's not then it has 80% chance to be fake news.

And.... That's it. I have no idea what I am talking about but if you read the ones before me, you will learn more than you have here. Lmao.
XD

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Looks like a few of you are strong in your ways of spotting fake news. Though I'm curious have any of you ever had to prove a friend wrong by showing them proof? Do you "fact police" their posts to help stop fake news by showing them articles from sites like Snopes.com, factcheck.org or even Politifact.com? I believe I've seen someone say that they have had to do this for a family member. How do you cope or avoid arguments with those who honestly believe everything they read on Facebook or other social media sites?
 

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Fake news are not all obvious. Some writers can make fake news sound so real while sometimes we identify unbelievable things as fake things when they are really real things. I personally like to check the fact twice in two different websites. If their answers are different I'll check a third website, and on and on. I also like to stick with one writer at a time if I discover that their posts are real. Fake news are really horrid and when you read one and check if it is real or not it wastes a lot of time. I hope no one writes one on HEX!😊

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‘Fake News’, ‘Alternative Facts’ and other trite phrases are quite simply yet another ’smoke and mirrors’ spin doctor tactic. It saddens me that so many people are either too busy or too lazy to actually seek the actual truth in a story.
Some 25 odd years ago, we used to joke that the Queen Mother had already died and was ‘put on ice’, ready for when the government of the day needed to distract the voters from legislation that was unpopular i.e. they could hide that piece of legislation being passed into law.
When you look at the people who are yelling ‘Fake News!’ in a detached reasoned way, you start to see how desperate these people are to hide their own misdeeds. Those folks who are throwing this label around are frequently in a position of privilege, and they are abusing that privilege in an blatant manner. If you are only getting your news from one source you are unlikely to see the whole truth, and if you are getting your news ‘free’ it is far less likely that there is any substance to what you are consuming. I would like it if people started using their brain to analyse what they are being fed. It is important to see both sides of the arguments and read/listen to other points of view because just getting your news from one biased source is quite frankly foolish. The more opinions you read, the closer you get to the real truth.
 

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My teacher used to talk about fake news a lot, so naturally she gave us a way to spot it.

First you consider the source- is it known for being somewhat sketchy? Look at the URL, is it trying to impersonate a bigger news source? Look around on the website, does it have contact info? Maybe look up the article name, if other, more trustworthy sources pop up and confirm its true then its probably not fake news!
Then, you check if it has any supporting sources, if not its probably fake.
Read the whole story, does it seem crazy?
When in doubt ask a teacher or a librarian, or just ignore the source. Also check the date to make sure it wasn't posted on April Fools!
 

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One of my professors actually gave an interesting view of fake news that I kinda agree with.

All news is fake news.

Because news is presented by a person and written by a person it will always contain a person's bias, there are certainly times that these biases will be negligible but it is an interesting viewpoint, one that I think has merit to it.

I remember in college there was one paper I had to write about some study and the relevance to another project that was currently ongoing that my professor was running. Based on the other professor's thought I read the study and as I was doing so I ended up completely trashing it in my paper because of the flaws I noted of how subjective it was... the project ended up being put on hold after that paper while they fixed the flaws.


That isn't to say nothing is usable but I think the best is to read the news from various sources and pick out what is in common for the best unbiased picture

 

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Quote: Duckie1118
My teacher used to talk about fake news a lot, so naturally she gave us a way to spot it.

First you consider the source- is it known for being somewhat sketchy? Look at the URL, is it trying to impersonate a bigger news source? Look around on the website, does it have contact info? Maybe look up the article name, if other, more trustworthy sources pop up and confirm its true then its probably not fake news!
Then, you check if it has any supporting sources, if not its probably fake.
Read the whole story, does it seem crazy?
When in doubt ask a teacher or a librarian, or just ignore the source. Also check the date to make sure it wasn't posted on April Fools!



Your teachers advice on looking at the URL is great advice - and unfortunately something that not a lot of people do. I get those sites at work all the time. nycpost is a big one. That is NOT the url... but it sure do sound like it don't it?

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Looks like a few of you are strong in your ways of spotting fake news. Though I'm curious have any of you ever had to prove a friend wrong by showing them proof? Do you "fact police" their posts to help stop fake news by showing them articles from sites like Snopes.com, factcheck.org or even Politifact.com? I believe I've seen someone say that they have had to do this for a family member. How do you cope or avoid arguments with those who honestly believe everything they read on Facebook or other social media sites?



I've never had to correct friends or family about anything important (though I do have one friend who will believe everything he likes when it comes to video games - real or not) but I've had some pretty heated arguments about the validity of a lot of the news that comes through at work. Most recently a website came through claiming they knew the cause of death of a celebrity for 100% certainty within hours of their passing - before an autopsy had even been started. It took me 5 newer articles from reputable sources saying that there has not yet been any investigation to convince someone who is *trained* to look for these things for a living that it wasn't real. Some of these sites are really convincing.
 

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