2 years ago, I wrote about how the wisdom of crowd can be useful in determining true values. In the case of estimating the weight of an ox, the wisdom of crowd works through a mechanism known as bracketing, where estimates fall on both sides of the true value, such that the deviations cancel out … Continue reading Media Literacy: Crowdsourced Fact-Checking
The term "fake news" was in a way popularised by US President Donald Trump, whenever he attempted to discredit news reporting that he disagrees with. This has resulted in the perception that even mainstream media cannot be trusted, as seen in how American liberals often mock Fox News, and how American conservatives choose not to … Continue reading Media Literacy: Does Objectivity Exist in The Media?
In the previous post on Fake News & Cognitive Biases, we discussed about how people are most susceptible to misinformation when it is riding on a trending topic or during periods of chaos. But why are people even susceptible to misinformation in the first place? Has it got anything to do with intelligence? In the … Continue reading Fake News & Cognitive Biases 3: Why Are People Susceptible To Misinformation?
In the previous post on Fake News & Cognitive Biases, we talked about how people are most susceptible to misinformation that contains some truth in it. But on top of that, there are also other factors that can increase people's susceptibility to misinformation. Time is one of them. The time at which a piece of … Continue reading Fake News & Cognitive Biases 2: When Are People Most Susceptible To Misinformation?
Whenever we talk about fake news, what most people have in mind is information that is undeniably false. Unfortunately, the reality isn't quite that simple. News that are outright fake are easy to detect and debunk, but most misinformation that are difficult to dispel often contain some truth in them, making it hard for artificial … Continue reading Fake News & Cognitive Biases 1: What Types of Misinformation Are People Susceptible To?