About: The Facts about Fact Checking: Crash Course Navigating Digital Information #2
If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed
Very well done video. It is my hope that most people that deal with information(internet or not) would take this content to heart.
Who's fact checking the factchecker ???
My little brother is named Steve
Overall, nicely done. However, fact checkers, especially those working for a mainstream media outlet, often show bias in their responses or they narrow the initial question that they are checking to fit the answer they want to give. So be careful with those.
Also, keep at least spot checking those sources that you have come to trust. They can change over time. That change may be slow, and you may not realize that the information you are now getting isn't as factual as it used to be.
Watch out for adjectives and adverbs. They will often give you a clue as to whether or not the information is slanted. A fact could be involved, but the adjective or adverb is trying to tell you how to think about that fact.
Good video.. a couple of extra criteria:
Even reputable news organizations are subject to subjectivity. If you are truly interested in accurate news, there are a few things you can do.
1) read multiple sources that have known different leanings and compare the FACTS in the stories vs. the conclusions. Too many stories present extra conclusions that may not be supported or are thinly supported by the facts. So the only way you can tell what is really going on is to look for multiple news stories and try to see all the facts rather than just those thought to be important by the specific journalist. I skim headlines for interest, and for something I'm interested in, I use google to look for stories from other news sources.
2) understand political hot button issues will create a huge noise factor that you must fight through. I'm learned to be very suspect of any information found online about things like Climate Change, Trump, Obama, Vaxxing, Gluten, dietary supplements, etc., etc., etc. This doesn't mean the truth doesn't exist, but it does mean there are a lot of people that are very motivated to make their points absent real proof. So using google to figure out facts first can really help discriminate between those that are making good arguments, vs. conspiracy type sources that use theories only to support their arguments.
3) understand your own assumptions and theories. If you are truly being fair, you have to understand what you don't know, what you don't understand, and where your thinking is based on theories rather than facts. Most of these theories probably came from something you read, but I've found some people make up their own theories that fit how they think. This will keep you from accepting sources that agree with you, but aren't supported by real facts. You've probably heard the term 'confirmation bias'... what I'm talking about is what leads to that. If you don't know what in your thinking is based on real facts vs. just theories, then you don't really know if your conclusions are accurate. We must all every day use these types of assumptions just to get through life.. but at the same time they are blind spots that can lead to further error. Whenever I'm reading any story where I'm unsure of the truth, I try to start with what I know to be facts, and then verify the stuff I might tend to agree with, but should be supported by real evidence.
are there fact checker checkers?
The basic premise that websites and various online purveyors of information won't outright LIE TO YOU, is categorically false. ALL websites these days are excruciatingly political with well demonstrated bias. There is no question Google and their ilk are the modern day Gestapo, fiercely policing anyone or anything that contradicts their world view.
Are fact checkers immune to their own ideological biases? Nothing in this episode about how to evaluate fact checkers themselves and the tricks they use to selectively pick facts and spin them.
There is so much that can be done to frame and to omit information that goes beyond mere presentation of facts.
How about using logic and logical fallacies rather than making stuff up about Alex Jones
Father-Time .. while being a... B#!!hole, your consistent use of fun ways to self deprecate makes my Father-Time less ... timely. Thanks per usual.
FYI: I did not fact check John's accuracy on his statements concerning Father-Time. Luckily, I'm lazy when it come to humor. So .. "Y'all" (the royal "Y'all") comment responsibly and when possible, with humor ya'HEar?....
What's missing here?
you know...snopes is just one of those massively left wing fact checking sites that called Ben Shapiro a White Supremacist despite..you know..being a jew and total target of the that group. Good call John. Next thing we got is Ilhan Omar on one of these channels....egregios
Omg I'm sending this to all my friends at university who can't fact check and use all the wrong sources for our group projects. I'm sooo sick of fact checking them. It's not like I have access to something they don't. :p
I haven't used a plastic straw in months! Screw them! They're only contributing to strangling our oceans and ecosystems! And this's both a fact and opinion based comment!
It's Manchester United, not United Manchester!
You have an excellent face John.
Is it ironic, that those videos just does not appear in my sub feed?
So it really boils down to: The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.
the game theorists are more accurate than like, dantdm