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How the News Got Less Mean

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Has social media made the news toothless? That’s the charge made by Time reporter Eliana Dockterman in conversations with Buzzfeed’s Jack Shepherd and Upworthy’s Eli Pariser, both of whom preside over overwhelmingly positive news sites and stress the importance of upbeat news. While MIT research shows positive influences make news go viral, social media is only part of the feel-good echo chamber of the online news cycle — as publications jockey for news scoops, a positive angle sure helps the chance for an earlier embargo.