Amerika File: Draft? No. But Misinformation Spreads

What's an Alooma?


Visualizing Kafka in real-time
To implement Alooma Live, we used real-time technologies both on the front-end and back-end.

For the back-end, we built a node.js application that consumes a Kafka topic. The application is in charge of both filtering the stream based on a user-defined query, and on emitting aggregated statistics of the data stream.

The implementation of both search and aggregation is very preliminary at the moment (we only allow text search), but as we'll get more feedback, we'll keep adding more advanced capabilities (such as supporting a richer query language and user-defined aggregations).

For the front-end, we used websockets to update the browser view in real-time. The data flow, statistics, metrics, and samples are all updated continuously as they are extracted and calculated.


Which begs the question:

(Begging the question is closely related to circular reasoning, and in modern usage the two generally refer to the same thing. Circular reasoning is often of the form: "A is true because B is true; B is true because A is true." Circularity can be difficult to detect if it involves a longer chain of propositions.
) What was the question, yes

Do Women Have to Register for the Draft?

Survey says

Women do not have to register for the United States draft. And no American has been pressed into involuntary service since the last draft, during the Vietnam War.

However, the viral spread of a 10-month-old New York Times story has potentially given millions of internet users misleading impressions to the contrary. Following the web traffic and social media commentary around the article illustrates how a hot-button cultural issue can be taken out of context and amplified by hyperpartisan bubbles, inflaming passions and spreading misinformation.

That is to say, no.

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