CANADALAND

Something like the half of all activity on the internet is fake. Yes, there are bots. But there are also fake websites that cater to bots. And then there are the ways real people adjust their behaviour to try to game the bots. Where does this leave the idyllic internet we were promised?

 

Former Gawker EIC and current New York Magazine writer Max Read tells us how what's fake infects what's real. Read his piece in New York Magazine "How Much of the Internet is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually."


This episode is sponsored by FreshBooks and Blinkist.

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Is reconciliation still a possibility when the Canadian government marches armed police onto Indigenous land? It's time for Canada to grow up. And Canada's first female PM seems to have the best Twitter game of them all.

Jesse Wente co-hosts.

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A bunch of new partisan political websites are fighting to shape the narrative in the run-up to the federal election. Reporter Graeme Gordon is here to tell you which organizations to look out for on your Facebook and Twitter feeds, what their political objectives are, and who's paying for them.

 

Read The CANADALAND Guide To New Popular, Populist Political Media at canadalandshow.com.


The Canadian government owns up to treaty obligations after 168 years, Maclean's staff puts in a bid to buy the magazine, and Rex Murphy kicks a journalist while they're dead.

Rick Harp co-hosts.

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