warnick + truth   17

Looking for Life on a Flat Earth
Alan Burdick's fascinating profile of "the mother of all conspiracies," in the New Yorker: "The flat Earth was perhaps a scam, an emotional salve with no basis in physical reality. Now it has become both real and surreal, like a performance-art piece in which nobody can tell the actors, stagehands, and audience apart."
newyorker  conspiracy  truth  science 
4 weeks ago by warnick
You don’t have a right to believe whatever you want to
DAniel DeNicola, in Aeon: "Consider those who believe that the lunar landings or the Sandy Hook school shooting were unreal, government-created dramas; that Barack Obama is Muslim; that the Earth is flat; or that climate change is a hoax. In such cases, the right to believe is proclaimed as a negative right; that is, its intent is to foreclose dialogue, to deflect all challenges; to enjoin others from interfering with one’s belief-commitment. The mind is closed, not open for learning. They might be ‘true believers’, but they are not believers in the truth."
philosophy  truth  belief  faith 
7 weeks ago by warnick
Yes, Digital Literacy. But Which One?
Great essay by Mike Caulfield on the limits of heuristic-based information literacy frameworks: "What is the digital literacy I want? I want something that is actually digital, something that deals with the particular affordances of the web, and gives students a knowledge of how to use specific web tools and techniques. I want something that recognizes that domain knowledge is crucial to literacy, something that puts an end to helicopter-dropping students into broadly different domains. I want a literacy that at least considers the possibility that students in an American democracy should know what the Center for American Progress and Cato are, a literacy that considers that we might teach these things directly, rather than expecting them to RADCAB their way to it on an individual basis. It might also make sense (crazy, I know!) that students understand the various ideologies and internet cultures that underlie a lot of what they see online, rather than fumbling their way toward it individually."
mikecaulfield  literacy  digitalliteracies  truth 
june 2017 by warnick
How “Making a Murderer” Went Wrong
Kathryn Schulz, in the New Yorker: "Ultimately, 'Making a Murderer' ... does not challenge our yearning for certainty or do the difficult work of helping to foster humility. Instead, it swaps one absolute for another—and, in doing so, comes to resemble the system it seeks to correct.
newyorker  makingamurderer  crime  documentary  journalism  truth 
january 2016 by warnick
The Washington Post shutters its column dedicated to debunking internet hoaxes
Why? Because truth doesn't matter to the people who peddle and circulate hoaxes. Caitlin Dewey: "[I]nstitutional distrust is so high right now, and cognitive bias so strong always, that the people who fall for hoax news stories are frequently only interested in consuming information that conforms with their views — even when it’s demonstrably fake."
washingtonpost  hoax  truth  internetculture 
december 2015 by warnick
Why Rumors Outrace the Truth Online
The NY Times covers Emergent.info: "Everyone knows there is dubious information online, of course, but estimating the magnitude of the problem has been difficult until now."
nytimes  rumor  credibility  truth 
november 2014 by warnick
Emergent
Like Snopes, but for emerging rumors on social media sites.
rumor  socialmedia  truth  snopes 
october 2014 by warnick
New Social App Has Juicy Posts, All Anonymous
The NY Times covers Secret and its fatal flaw: "Because of the anonymity, it is never clear whether the posts are truthful."
nytimes  socialmedia  anonymity  truth  digitalculture 
april 2014 by warnick
Even if it’s fake, it’s real
Matt Haughey: "I imagine this pattern of stories — spread through social media into the mainstream, dubbed hoaxes, then finally dubbed more complicated than that — will start to become a fairly common part of the news cycle."
hoax  matthaughey  truth  virality  journalism 
january 2014 by warnick
If a Story Is Viral, Truth May Be Taking a Beating
NY Times: "Truth has never been an essential ingredient of viral content on the Internet. But in the stepped-up competition for readers, digital news sites are increasingly blurring the line between fact and fiction, and saying that it is all part of doing business in the rough-and-tumble world of online journalism."
journalism  nytimes  virality  truth  trust  socialmedia  3844 
december 2013 by warnick
4 important truths about Mike Daisey’s lies & the way ‘This American Life’ told them
Craig Silverman: "Mike Daisey thinks his work is serving a higher cause and purpose, and that makes him exactly the kind of source who needed to be thoroughly fact checked."
poynter  mikedaisey  apple  truth  casestudy 
march 2012 by warnick
Separating the Baby From the Bath Water
John Gruber's take on the Mike Daisey debacle: "Daisey impugned the integrity of Apple — and the journalism of ABC News — in order to work people up regarding problems that don’t exist. This only served to draw attention away from the labor, health, and environmental issues in Apple’s Asian supply chain that do exist. He has hurt the true cause, not helped it."
johngruber  apple  mikedaisey  truth  casestudy 
march 2012 by warnick
The Failures and Fallacies of Mike Daisey's Apple Attack and the Media
"Mike Daisey is an opportunistic fabulist and should be ashamed of himself for lying. Ira Glass and his team are ashamed for giving him wider attention, and have said so. But there are many more people who should be even more ashamed for taking Daisey’s lies at face value. There should be many more retractions and apologies in the days ahead."
mikedaisey  apple  truth  casestudy 
march 2012 by warnick
Putting the I in Story
Matthew Baldwin reflects on his personal connection to Mike Daisey and offers a simple explanation for Daisey's lies: "The easiest way to make a story engaging is to personalize it, to say 'this is something that happened to me'. Everyone knows this on some level. Urban legends happen to 'a friend of a friend' because, just by adding that phrase, you have made the story twice as interesting as one that happened to someone to whom you have no link at all."
apple  mikedaisey  truth  casestudy 
march 2012 by warnick
Mike Daisey Was Wrong about Apple in China
Daniel Engber: "When we buy into the idea that Daisey’s story was substantially true, we’re aligning ourselves with the fantasy world that he created for us. That’s the one in which no one cared about the Apple employees who are being mistreated in China until Daisey spun his yarn."
slate  mikedaisey  apple  truth  casestudy 
march 2012 by warnick

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