Molloy New Media Program Director in the News

YouTube Tries to Solve its Conspiracy Problem with Wikipedia. Some Critics Cry Foul.

March 14, 2018 - KIII-TV

Jamie Cohen, an assistant professor at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY, said Google is basically shifting the responsibility from the corporation to the volunteers who edit Wikipedia. "If they want a true, authority for validation, they should go to the source of the information." He suggested a trusted news organization would make more sense. 

Professor Jamie Cohen, director of Molloy's New Media program, was quoted in two USA Today stories about how a fringe video became mainstream on YouTube.

Tragedy, Conspiracy and the Problem With Trending Videos

February 24, 2018 - USA Today

So it is just bad people abusing the system, or a YouTube algorithm that is based on getting the most viewers watching at all times? Jamie Cohen, director of the New Media Program at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY picks the latter.

"Trending is a cycle that feeds on itself," he says."It's using free labor (submitted videos) to create a platform."

7 Days from Fringe to Mainstream: How a Conspiracy Theory Ricocheted Around the Web

February 24, 2018 - USA Today

When a big news story breaks, the object of conspiracy theorists is to "obfuscate the news, because they can't defeat the story with facts," says Jamie Cohen, director of the New Media Program at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, N.Y. They "create a second point of view and it becomes news."

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