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Fighting Fake News

Fighting fake news in the media and through the culture of Gandhi

Fighting fake news in media

One approach is to look for and counteract specific fake news. A larger approach is to bring back a culture in which it is hard for fake news to thrive. The larger approach is to restore the inclination to look for news that enlightens, informs, helps one to arrive at a better understanding. News that also connects with one’s own life better than trivia, that advances one’s ability to have informed conversation and social relationships, and can also at times helps one laugh or marvel, or lift one’s spirits in ways trivia can’t. Rebuilding a culture in which good reporting thrives.


Fighting fake news through culture of Gandhi Smriti

In this spirit with the inspiration that comes from my recent visit to Gandhi Smriti, the Gandhi museum in New Delhi, reporting that helps rebuilding and bringing back this culture is highlighted as meriting Gandhi Smriti. The word “Smriti” means- in memory of. The past informs the present, reminds us, prods us onward on the way, to be good and do good as the only thing of lasting value. As I found in this quotation at the Gandhi Smriti memorial site, what it takes is- “to have seen the world, to have lived in the world with my eyes open…”


I deny being a visionary. I do not accept the claim of saintliness. I am of the earth, earthly… I am prone to as many weaknesses as you are. But I have seen the world. I have lived in the world with my eyes open. I have gone through the most fiery ordeals that have fallen to the lot of man. I have gone through this discipline.” -M.K. Gandhi


Somewhere in Gandhi Smriti here in Lyrarc site you will find the soul of democracy, stirring new ideas, and new ways of looking at things, unsung heroes, and voices less heard. As this is the beginning for Gandhi Smriti we are listing only some journalist reports, at this point in time it is only representative, more reports and gist will be added later.



DW.COM | Elizabeth Grenier | 04/24/2017 has this exceptional story on the elections in France through the pictures drawn by cartoonists in French newspapers. As polls show Macron with over 60% of the vote, cartoonists reflected on the situation of a new president with little experience and his "en marche" movement only one year old, looking at it with skepticism.

Cartoonist Antoine Chereau shows a common person reflecting on the situation, with the title Macron leads in the first round, the person sa ...

DW.COM | Chase Winter | 03/12/2017

Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the world wide web says on its 28th anniversary that the fake news development is dangerous and needs to be tackled to prevent serious damage. He says Google and Facebook have responsibility to see to it that misinformation is not spread. He says the algorithms used by the social media sites need to be revealed so that the public knows how the information is selected. The revenue for these sites is based on clicks, and so he says as people click on information, ...

The New York Times | Farhad Manjoo | 04/25/2017

Farhad Manjoo takes us through the origins of News Feed at Facebook, and its origins with Chris Cox who set up the News Feed operation in 2006 after leaving Stanford's computer science program at the age of 24. Manjoo describes the pain in Silicon Valley and many parts of America at the way the News Feed has acted as mere way of reinforcing people's own biases and creating different echo chambers for different biases. It has fragmented more than brought people together. The ...

DW.COM | Kay Alexander Scholz, Bernd Grässler | 01/18/2017

Scholz and Grassler of describe the life and legacy of an exceptional president of Germany and his remarkable life- one who did not shy away from speaking his mind on many issues and was popular with Germans especially in western Germany. He showed emotions and was passionate about freedom and democracy as shown in his final address on the way forward for Germany after the upheavals in the European Union and the refugee crisis. He was influenced by fighting for rights after decades b ...

Wall Street Journal | Peter Funt, Peter, Funt | 10/12/2011

Peter Funt points to the time before the internet when daily papers were delivered and radio carried the news between music, and it was hard not have it rub off while hearing the radio or glancing at the sports pages. This rub-off effect meant that even by casual listening or accidentally people got the news. Before cable television the news came from nightly and evening general interest news broadcasts. People usually caught the major news at dinner time or before bedtime as most entertain ...

New York Times | Emmarie Huetteman, Emmarie, Huetteman | 09/11/2015

Tempelhof airport is chosen as place for additional housing space for thousands of refugees arriving in Berlin in 2015. Berlin is expecting 40,000 refugees under the quota system. Housing space is hard to find to accomodate refugees arriving in large numbers in September 2015. The airfield has been preserved by conservationists as a place for children to play frisbee and as outdoor park space. Now the hangars at Tempelhof can be used to create housing space as winter approaches and tents become ...

Wall Street Journal | Marcus Walker, Marcus, Walker, Charles Forelle, Charles, Forelle, Stacy Meichtry, Stacy, Meichtry | 12/30/2011

Wall Street Journal reporters Walker in Berlin, Forelle in Brussels, and Meichtry in Rome, reconstruct the events during critical days after the indecision and failure to reach agreement during the July summit of eurozone countries. This took the form of intervews with leading players and over 25 policy makers. What emerges are accounts of how Germany's Angela Merkel, daughter of a Lutheran pastor, and protege of Eurozone founder, former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, handled the crisis. Merkel ...

New York Times | 01/17/2011

Tabuchi provides an exceptional account of the difficulties overcome by Rieko Fukushima as she returned from maternity leave to setup the 3-D TV team at Toshiba to commercialize the technology. Her inventive skills, networking and collaboration with other parts of Toshiba, hard work and perseverance paid off when her team solved the problem of being able to view the 3-D television without glasses. The solution was a new algorithm based on Toshiba processer Cell that sent different images to the ...

Wall Street Journal | Yuka Hayashi, Yuka, Hayashi | 12/22/2009

Miyuki Hatoyama describes the problems Japanese women face working in government and business with a lack of adequate child care, and the attitudes in Japanese society limiting the role women can play outside of the home. This makes it harder for women to contribute to society with their own creativity, talent and efforts, and pursue careers. Her husband was elected DPJ party's head and prime minister of Japan in 2009. The couple have a very natural way of meeting people and blending together ...

Washington Post | Jillian Cunningham, Jillian, Cunningham, Christine Lagarde, Christine, Lagarde | 08/25/2014

The Washington Post's Lillian Cunningham interviews Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, in April 2014. In this exceptional interview Lagarde talks about her personal life experiences that have given her new strength to tackle the difficult jobs as finance minister of France and head of the IMF, during a period of turmoil at the organization, and the global financial crises of 2009 followed by the eurozone financial crisis. No other woman in recent times has faced a series of crises of this magni ...

Wall Street Journal | Geeta Anand And Jaeyeon Woo, Geeta, Anand, And, Jaeyeon, Woo | 11/27/2015

Geeta Anand and Jaeyeon Woo of the WSJ give this heartwarming story of how South Korea achieved a remarkable transformation in attitudes towards women in society after 1990, and reversed a dangerous imbalance in the ratio of females to males. This was done by the release of extraordinary energy of woman activists after the end of dictatorship in 1990 made this possible, and the efforts of media, courts, government and society. Women won the right to be heirs in the family lineage, and perce ...

Wall Street Journal | Patrick Barta, Patrick, Barta | 03/14/2009

Patrick Barta's exceptional reporing on Manek Chowk, a busy industrial and commercial centre of Ahmedabad. Manek Chowk, the public market in Ahmedabad, India, where street vendors find jobs in the informal economy. The informal economy provides most of the jobs in countries like India and Brazil. They could be street vendors, rickshaw drivers, workers doing textile stitching work and being paid by the piece, and so on. Ahmedabad has 55,000 richshaw drivers, 70,000 street vendors, 70,000 construc ...

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