Archive for the ‘News sources’ Category

As if forgetting stuff wasn’t bad enough …

October 19, 2017

Study: Half of people “remember” events that never happened

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According to a recent study, once a person hears that a fictional event happened, there’s a 50/50 chance that they will believe that it took place and start to embellish it with details, even if the imaginary event is of a personal nature.

For example, researchers “primed” subjects with fake (but relatively harmless) memories, such as taking a childhood hot-air balloon ride or pulling a prank on a friend.

Researchers intimated that the imaginary events  were real.

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And, the result …

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Where do you get your news?

February 20, 2017

Your answer says a lot about you.

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Before you look at the chart below, jot down the  channels/shows or web pages that you trust as your primary sources for news.

No cheating.

Done?

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OK, now check where your news sources fall along this ideological continuum crafted by Pew Research.

confirmation bias - media ideology
Your news sources align with your political ideology, right?

It’s a psychological dynamic called “confirmation bias” … soliciting and internalizing information that is consistent with one’s current beliefs.

Said differently, confirmation bias is a natural stress-reduction tendency to avoid or resist any information that is contrary to or inconsistent with one’s current thinking.

One of the major solidifiers of our current political polarization is the “echo chamber effect” … we all tend to consult sources and hang with people who share, reinforce and exaggerate our ideological leanings.

So what to do?

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As if forgetting stuff wasn’t bad enough …

February 6, 2017

Study: Half of people “remember” events that never happened

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According to a recent study, once a person hears that a fictional event happened, there’s a 50/50 chance that they will believe that it took place and start to embellish it with details, even if the imaginary event is of a personal nature.

For example, researchers “primed” subjects with fake (but relatively harmless) memories, such as taking a childhood hot-air balloon ride or pulling a prank on a friend.

Researchers intimated that the imaginary events  were real.

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And, the result …

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About the fake news flap …

December 22, 2016

 Maybe folks should consider the source.

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Big frenzy these days about fake news.

Though Facebook CEO Zuckerberg says that less than 1% of news postings are fake, the company is setting up a special truth-checking squad.

I find that interesting in a couple of respects.

First, getting one’s news via Facebook.

Really?

I find that scary.

But, not surprising since The WaPo reports a  recent poll that “more than one in 10 young adults (ages 18-29) say they rely on “The Daily Show” or its now-departed spinoff, “The Colbert Report” for news about what’s going on in the world.”

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Pew Research reports similar findings … right around 10%.

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This raises as obvious questions …

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Where do you get your news?

December 21, 2016

Your answer says a lot about you.

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Before you look at the chart below, jot down the 3 or 4 web pages or channels/shows that you trust as your primary sources for news.

No cheating.

Done?

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OK, now check where your news sources fall along this ideological continuum crafted by Pew Research.

confirmation bias - media ideology
Your news sources align with your political ideology, right?

It’s a psychological dynamic called “confirmation bias” … soliciting and internalizing information that is consistent with one’s current beliefs.

Said differently, confirmation bias is a natural stress-reduction tendency to avoid or resist any information that is contrary to or inconsistent with one’s current thinking.

One of the major solidifiers of our current political polarization is the “echo chamber effect” … we all tend to consult sources and hang with people who share, reinforce and exaggerate our ideological leanings.

So what to do?

(more…)

Double-whammy: Where will Liberals get their news now?

February 12, 2015

Big shake-up on TV.

First, NBC suspends news anchor Brian Williams for lying like a rug.

Boom!

12 million news watchers of lose their faux-trusted source at MSNBC’s planet ship.

 

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Then, the 2nd shoe fell …

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Re: MH370 … as Hillary would say “What difference does it make?”

March 24, 2014

We’re going into our 3rd week of of wall-to-wall news coverage of the the disappearance of the Malaysian 777.

Yesterday, I saw a “news alert” announcing that the cabin radio transcripts revealed nothing … English translation: no news to report.

And, I got a peak of a Chinese satellite photo of a “possible object” floating around  in the Indian Ocean.

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Question: Any idea how much garbage is floating around in the oceans?

Answer: Tons.

I understand that news outlets are keeping the real-time stream of newsless news up because there’s a market for it — their audiences are eating it up

Except for the passengers friends and families, I don’t get it.

Here’s what has me most perplexed ….

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Nums: The cable news race …

May 2, 2013

As reported by Drudge …

I’ve started to tire of O’Reilly, but he still holds a commanding lead.

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Constantly amazed that Stewart & Colbert get classified as news shows … though frequent surveys say that many people do use them as their primary news source.

No surprise that MSNBC continues to get hammered in the ratings.

Kinda sad that that CNN continues to slip … key shows running even with Al Sharpton’s show … ouch.

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