The trouble with truth

Since the election, there’s been a lot of discussion about fake news and its ability to sway masses into potentially false perceptions. Clearly, creating false perceptions in mass media is a dangerous thing, and it can sway public opinion and policy greatly.
But what about search engines and other content distributors? Even before the US election, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that search engine algorithms, “when they are not transparent, can lead to a distortion of our perception, they can shrink our expanse of information.” What responsibility, then, does a search engine have to produce truthful information?
Is Pluto a planet?
Getting at truth can be tough because not everything is black and white, especially in certain subjects. Take, for example, good old Pluto. Many of us grew up learning that Pluto is a planet. Then, in 2006, astronomers ruled that it was no longer a planet.
But in the last few years, Pluto’s planetary designation seems to have been in dispute. As I

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Tumblr’s New GIF Search Engine Takes The Pain Out Of Having To Use Actual Words

Because coming up with words can be so very difficult, Tumblr has added a GIF search engine to help users quickly locate an image that accurately expresses whatever it is they’re trying to write.
Tumblr says once a GIF is selected, it will be properly credited and the original GIF creator will be notified via their dashboard, phone and any other platform set up to receive Tumblr notifications.
“Since GIFs have replaced written language, we’re making it easier to turn your obsolete verbiage into modern moving pictures.”
To search for a GIF when writing a Tumblr post, click the “+” icon to the left of the screen, and then click the “GIF” button to find relevant images, as shown in the GIF here:

According to a report on TechCrunch, Tumblr is not relying on a third-party, but instead indexing GIFs that have been posted to the Tumblr platform.
“That means Tumblr users should be able to surface GIFs using less

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