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The conversation surrounding misinformation, fake news, and fact-checking is constantly evolving. As changing technology changes the way we take in information, new cultural and ethical considerations arise. Here is a collection of recent readings, podcasts, and other media we’ve highlighted from around the web that address the latest issues in fact-checking.
What We’re Reading:
- From The Financial Times: What Magic Teaches Us About Misinformation
The psychology behind magic tricks is helping researchers understand our susceptibility to misinformation. Magicians excel at the art of misdirection; takes a similar approach.
- From Science News: A few simple tricks make fake news stories stick in your brain
This article discusses heuristics, a term which refers to mental short-cuts we rely on when consuming information. People are more likely to believe misinformation when it’s new, appeals to emotions, or confirms already held beliefs.
CNN reporters are noticing that the Biden Administration makes an effort to amend their statements when they’re caught saying something inaccurate.
- From Japan Today: Japanese journalist indicted in Myanmar on 'fake news' charge
After reporting on anti-government protests, journalist Yuki Kitazumi was accused of sharing information deemed critical of the military in Myanmar.
Three reputable news outlets all issued corrections this week when they falsely reported that Rudy Giuliani had been warned about Russian disinformation.
- From Buzzfeed News: Magic Mushrooms: This Scammer Is Twisting Science In a Scheme to Save the World
“Climate entrepreneur” Joseph Kelly has spread false claims about defeating climate change by using fungi to capture CO2. Scientists claim he’s not only ill-informed, but also has dubious intentions.
What We’re Watching:
- From Ted Talks: Myths and Misunderstandings About Doing Business in Africa
Emerging markets expert Nomava Zanazao debunks the beliefs that African’s don’t value brands, that the continent is behind in technological advancement, along with other myths.
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