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Owen Wilson Got Fat! And More Fake News That Shouldn't Be Regulated

We headed to the Venice Beach boardwalk to test the bullshit detectors of passersby.

Since the 2016 election, Facebook, Google, and Twitter, under pressure from Congress, have moved to block or deprioritize media sources that spread "fake news." France is considering legislation that would give judges the ability to block the publication of information they deem inaccurate in the lead up to an election.

Most Americans don't want the government regulating social media. A Pew Research Center survey found that a majority of respondents favored free speech even if it meant tolerating the spread of false information. A majority also said that big tech firms should do more to restrict the spread of false information.

Reason's Justin Monticello and Zach Weissmueller headed to the Venice Beach boardwalk to conduct a bullshit detector test on passersby. How easily could they distinguish inaccurate headlines from the accurate ones? Which is "BREAKING: Hillary Clinton Killed During FBI Raid"? Which is "Trump asks Japan to build cars in the U.S. It already does"?

With a fractured media, and when sources like CNN and Politico publish misleading or exaggerated statements, what's a responsible news consumer to do? Are echo chambers a problem, and how do we avoid them? And why do younger Americans in particular distrust the government and tech companies to regulate the flow of information?

Interviews by Justin Monticello. Produced by Zach Weissmueller and Monticello.

"Rate Sheet" by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License: (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) Source: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/Union_Hall/Rate_Sheet Artist: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions

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  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Wow!

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

  • Longtobefree||

    Wow!

  • Rock Lobster||

    In-calls or out-calls only?

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Reported as spam.

  • gaoxiaen||

    Generic luncheon meat.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Man, I like the idea of that browser you linked to, but that picture on the front is so fucking smug.

  • ColoradoKook||

    So, you're telling me I can double my salary? Goodbye porno theater mop, hello new life of luxury!

  • Ken Shultz||

    There's no boardwalk in Venice.

    You must mean "The Strand".

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    FAKE NEWS ALERT

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Older Americans see Facebook as a wonderful tool for passing their wisdom down to their grandchildren. Younger Americans have read those posts.

  • MikeP2||

    "And why do younger Americans in particular distrust the government and tech companies to regulate the flow of information?"

    Because they are smarter regarding information technology than old people.

  • Devastator||

    Yep. Old people who created the internet, computers, rockets, and nuclear energy have no capacity to understand nearly as much as the younger generation or adapt to all this new fangled stuff.

  • Rhywun||

    a majority of respondents favored free speech even if it meant tolerating the spread of false information

    Great!

    A majority also said that big tech firms should do more to restrict the spread of false information.

    Sigh. It's always one step forward, two steps back. Enjoy that subsection of the truth that Google allows you to hear, idiots.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Should what Los Angelenos think really be extrapolated to the country at large?

  • VinniUSMC||

    What Los Angeleno's do isn't properly described as "think", so probably not.

  • ||

    The people interviewed in this video are much smarter than the most "man on the streets" videos I have ever seen.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Agreed, although it's important to keep in mind that all of these "man on the streets" videos are edited. I'm sure they found plenty of dumb motherfuckers but chose not to use them, just like in the old "Jay Walking" segments that Leno used to show, I'm sure he found plenty of smart people but since the whole point of the segment was to point and laugh at retards, only the dumbest responses were shown.

    Actually, some of the people on the Jay Walking segments were so stupid that I wonder if they were faking it because they knew that the dumber they acted the more likely they were to get on TV, and didn't mind making a fool of themselves if it meant they got to be on TV for a few seconds. Which is, by itself, pretty fucking stupid.

  • ||

    You are such a cynical asshole, but are definitely right on this.

  • gaoxiaen||

    Wrong. I definitely would fake "it because they knew that the dumber they acted the more likely they were to get on TV, and didn't mind making a fool of themselves if it meant they got to be on TV for a few seconds." With a fake Italian/Spaish accent.

  • gaoxiaen||

    Dammit. *Spanish

  • ||

    It's refreshing to see people being interviewed who are actually aware and lucid.

    It made for enjoyable viewing.

  • gaoxiaen||

    He probably approached the 1% that weren't looking at their stupid phones.

  • lap83||

    "Owen Wilson Got Fat!"

    he had to get into character for Cars 3

  • Michael S. Langston||

    Are "echo chambers" a problem, and how do we avoid them?

    Yes, they are the problem, but it's human nature to want to be with ones own tribe and to be wary of outsiders.

    For those who can see this, they can protect themselves from group think (to a degree) , but many people so firmly believe their crap, they see no reason to question their flawed world view.

    And why do younger Americans in particular distrust the government and tech companies to regulate the flow of information?

    Do they? I've worked in IT and the younger ones (26-30) are very concerned of fake news ads sponsored by China and 'that's what free speech means' and 'in a free society with representational government we'll always get the government we deserve' were not compelling enough arguments to dissuade them that this 'problem' must be fixed and prevented in the future.

    True, they don't trust FB or Google with their privacy, but they really don't trust the 'uneducated' masses to determine for themselves what is and isn't fake news.

  • Michael S. Langston||

    .. ads sponsored by Russia not China...

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    80% of Trump voters actually believe Hillary ran a child sex ring out of a pizza joint near DC.

    Then the same retards don't trust the Washington Post.

    This problem is not going away.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    He gets his statistics from his ass. He's basically the Goatse of fake statistics.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    If you disagree with my number feel free to link to another.

    Trump voters are all inbred rednecks anyway. Pizzagate, Benghazi, Uranium One - they believed any horse shit that splattered on them.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    The Block Insane Yomommatards believe that Putin hacked America's voting machines, that the CIA knocked down the World Trade Center, and that Karl Marx has the greatest economic ideas in history.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    It looks like the real pedophile enabler is Rep Jim Jordan - "Freedom" Caucus scumbag.

    (CNN)Another former OSU wrestler has told CNN that Jim Jordan knew about the actions of Dr. Richard Strauss, the former Ohio State University medical doctor who treated athletes, and called Jordan, who is now a US Congressman, a "phony" for saying he was not aware of any sexual abuse allegations.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    You brought up a statistic that was not even tangentially related to Pizzagate.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    You get proven wrong and immediately pivot to avoid admitting you're full of shit.

    And now you see the folly of attempting to argue anything with PB. Odds are tomorrow or the next day he'll be back on here regurgitating the same disproved "statistics" without even a trace of shame about it.

    The great thing about being a TEAM-tard fuckstick is never having to let a fact that doesn't conform to your pre-conceived biases into your tiny, peanut sized brain. Mockery is pretty much the only appropriate response to people like that.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    It does no good to link to fact-based sites.

    Just today three Trumptards here told me the Washington Post lied about Trump and could not be trusted. They say the same about all trusted sources. (the idiot LoveCons was one of them).

    But Bratfart is to be believed as is all Trump propaganda.

    Look, evolution is real. Creationism is garbage. But I can't get past that fact with conservatives and their idiot faithful.

  • Citizen X||

    Maybe you'd have better luck relating to people if you weren't a shrieking schizophrenic. Just a thought!

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    You know what? I never see anyone here reference Breitbart except you.

  • ||

    Wha't's the % of Obama voters who voted for Trump again?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Bill Clinton DID travel multiple times on the Lolita Express jet owned by Jeffrey Epstein, who pled guilty to soliciting sex from an underage girl.

  • Rock Lobster||

    Hillary lied; Bernie cried.

  • MarkLastname||

    You're a drive long retard. If you disagree with my assertion link to a peer-reviewed source. Otherwise it's true.

  • gaoxiaen||

  • ||

    It is fake news.

    It's out of a souvlaki bar.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    Yes, Venice Beach is the center of Trump Country.

    Jesus H. Christ, you are one sorry-ass dipshit, Davey boy. Give in to those suicidal urges and put yourself out of your "sad clown" manic-depressive misery already.

  • I am the 0.000000013%||

    80% of Trump voters actually believe Hillary ran a child sex ring out of a pizza joint near DC

    Pandering to Bill's needs got her closer to her life's ambition than anything else she's ever done

  • gaoxiaen||

    1% aren't sure. 19% believe it was a drive-in restaurant.

  • ||

    You won't believe what Trump did with Putin!

  • Citizen X||

    Went halves on a cute little bungalow in Tampa?

  • Cynical Asshole||

  • Cynical Asshole||

    +1 for the Lewis Black reference.

  • BYODB||

    *head explodes*

  • gaoxiaen||

    Equestrianism and angling?

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Facebook, Google, and Twitter, under pressure from Congress, have moved to block or deprioritize media sources that spread "fake news." France is considering legislation that would give judges the ability to block the publication of information they deem inaccurate in the lead up to an election.

    The government needs to crack down on media to thwart literal Nazis.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Was a New Jersey Couple Killed in an Explosion 'Set to Testify' Against Hillary Clinton?

    https://www.snopes.com

    Her you go, Trump-tards!

    fake news for you to spread!

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Are you doing okay? You posted something no one was talking about, and then linked to the snopes homepage.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    1-1

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Cocaine is a helluva drug.

  • MarkLastname||

    Like Buttolug can afford cocaine. He's more of a paint huffer.

  • gaoxiaen||

    Trudat.

  • Citizen X||

    Generic lithium doesn't work as well as name-brand.

  • Cumbubbulus||

    Floyd > Zeppelin

  • gaoxiaen||

    Never saw a led Zep concert, I would guess. Saw both. Led Zep at 3 Rivers was the best concert in my life. 4 whole hours of ass-kicking music with a half hour break.. People were throwing joints onto the stage and Plant and Page were taking hits and throwing them back into the audience. 8:00 until the Fire Marshall stopped it at 12:30. At Floyd I had a thalidomide baby hand me a joint with his flipper/hand.. Pretty freaky when tripping. Nevertheless, I took a hit and passed it on.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    I just watched the video. Are there no straight people in Venice Beach?

  • Rockabilly||

    No, they're all crooked

  • gaoxiaen||

    Only the Hells Angels.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    That point @5:25 was excellent: An echo chamber of political journalists saying [an echo chamber] is a problem."

  • Rockabilly||

    I heard the marijuanas that is make these days is more addictive than in the past and is also a gateway drug to the LSD, the most addictive drug known to man and woman.

  • gaoxiaen||

    You heard wrong, bumpkin.

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