Saw this on the news this morning.
Gosh, I hope people use the heck out of this free app.
MIT students rock!
What are your thoughts?
(CNN) -- What if every political ad came with a "truthiness" disclaimer?
That's essentially the goal of the Super PAC App, a new project from former students at MIT's Media Lab.
Their free iPhone app, which will be available on Wednesday, listens to political advertisements on television and matches the ad's audio waves against a database -- much like the Shazam app identifies music. It then tells the app's user who paid for the ad and how much they're spending on the campaign before pointing them to nonpartisan sources -- PolitiFact, FactCheck.org and others -- to try to verify the ad's claims.
The app is free of advertising and is funded in full by a grant from the Knight Foundation, according to Dan Siegel, one of the app's co-creators.
The fact-checking process is especially important this year, said Siegel, because Super PACs for the first time can spend unlimited funds on presidential campaign ads. In recent weeks TV airwaves in battleground states have been full of ads making negative claims about both President Obama and his rival Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee.
"The campaigns are spending a lot of money and all of that money is going into television ads," he said. "And therefore there's a need for users to be able to play through the noise a little bit."
Sounds great, but I'm not sure how many people will use it. Extreme partisans - on BOTH sides - believe what they want to believe. Maybe the handful of indies will use it.
Probably so, Habee.
People inclined to question what they're seeing are already dialed in with factcheck.org and other similar sites.
I think it's a cool idea, though!
by ptosis2 weeks ago
The "million-dollar question" about the Facebook ads centered on how the Russians knew whom to target. How did the Russians knew where to direct their ads? The Russian bought Facebook ads to amplify political...
by Ralph Deeds4 years ago
Paul Krugman:" Back in 2010, self-styled deficit hawks — better described as deficit scolds — took over much of our political discourse. At a time of mass unemployment and record-low borrowing costs, a time...
by GA Anderson23 months ago
I was not a Ben Carson cheerleader. I liked what I saw, but things were just starting.Now, I think his recent revelations about his violent actions when he was a kid have doomed him. Not necessarily because of the...
by Stacie L16 months ago
20% of Donald Trump’s campaign spending goes to Trump businesses, filing saysDonald Trump’s campaign is almost broke, and is paying an unusual amount of money to Trump-owned businesses. That’s according to the...
by Susan Reid5 years ago
Typos happen. We all know that. But then there's something called a Freudian slip, where you unintentially say exactly what your unconscience really meant.Where does this one fit?I could argue that the transposition of...
by Susan Reid6 years ago
Proof positive that you don't have to scream -- or even speak -- to get an important point across.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZCl2bi- … r_embedded
Copyright © 2017 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.
HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.