Here's a thoughtful video from Rob Dial, with the message that "you are being brainwashed" by the media you consume, especially the negative crime news that makes you feel the world is an unsafe place, when in reality the world is physically safer than it has ever been. And yet, instead of a blanket blaming... Continue Reading →
"Confirmation bias" is widespread. Indeed it is human to "look for, find, remember and share information that confirms the beliefs we already have, and the tendency to dismiss, ignore and forget information that contradicts those beliefs." Confirmation bias is what spreads "propaganda and false or misleading claims among otherwise sensible and skeptical people." Here are... Continue Reading →
There is no such thing as "the media."
American journalists are famously independent from the government, considering themselves "watch dogs" who tell the unvarnished truth, make elected officials accountable, reveal corruption and abuse of power, afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. In American popular culture, journalistic heroes are Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of All the President's Men in the 1970s or the... Continue Reading →
Journalist Abandons 'Fake On The Internet' Exposés Because Lies Are Still Believed If They Confirm Readers' Biases http://n.pr/1NySKDH 4:06 PM - 23 Dec 2015 · Details
Here's a humorous example from the British television show, "Yes, Minister," of how public opinion surveys can be skewed to get the desired result. Be careful when you are designing surveys. Test them on classmates. If 90% or more answer "yes" or "no" to a question, think of a different question or a different way... Continue Reading →
Jonathan Stray for Nieman Labs examines media bias as it relates to perceptions of hostile media, and how media organizations might respond to such accusations. "You see bias when you see yourself as part of a group," the research of Scott Reid suggests. Click for details.
Uri Bar-Joseph identifies five major pitfalls in research and analysis: confirmation bias; irrelevancy and distraction; causation vs. correlation; determining statistical significance; action vs. intent. He mentions other pitfalls as well. Click for details.