Jacob Soll, writing on Politico, writes a spellbinding history of fake news. Worth the read. Fake news ain’t new! Here’s some of what he wrote (this is the good news): One silver lining in this long and alarming history of fake news is yellow journalism and its results—from civil violence to war—caused a backlash, and […]
About Will Thalheimer
Will Thalheimer, PhD, is a consultant and research translator, providing organizations with learning audits, research benchmarking, workshops, and strategic guidance. Will shares his wisdom through keynotes, research reports, job aids, workshops, and blog posts. Compiler of the Decisive Dozen, one of the authors of the Serious eLearning Manifesto (eLearningManifesto.org), founder of The Debunker Club (Debunker.Club), and author of the highly-acclaimed book Performance-Focused Smile Sheets (SmileSheets.com), Will blogs at WillAtWorkLearning.com, tweets as @WillWorkLearn, and consults through Work-Learning Research, Inc. (Work-Learning.com). Will regularly publishes extensive research-to-practice reports—and gives them away for free.
Oh, he also has this crazy idea to start a nonprofit organization to Make Truth Great Again.
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John Allen Paulos, a professor of mathematics, writing on Slate, says that confirmation bias isn’t the only reason we believe fake news. Also, the conjunction fallacy, which he describes as making us believe things that have lots of details. As he writes: The conjunction fallacy posits that we are more susceptible to believing untrue stories […]
USA Today article that talks about the many ways people are fighting back against fake news.
Yesterday, we took a snapshot of how conservatives viewed the news that Facebook would try to squelch fake news. Today, we look at what liberals have to say. The statements below were taken from a New York Times story on Facebook’s new effort. The New York Times is widely seen as a liberal news source. […]
The Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to keeping the American public informed, has released a study of American’s views on fake news. This is must reading for anyone interested in the fake news problem! Here are some tidbits: About two-in-three U.S. adults (64%) say fabricated news stories cause a great deal of confusion […]
The Ted Talk people have an article by Daniel Levitin, author of, A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age, that talks about the ways that fake news can fool us.
Facebook today came out with a plan to limit the negative repercussions of fake news. The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, puts out news via the brand, The Daily Signal, which has a Facebook page. When they asked their readers/viewers today what they thought of Facebook’s announcement, the responses were enlightening. Basically, their audience […]
Poynter has organized an International Fact-Checking Network. People can sign up as signatories if they accept the principles espoused. It looks like — for a pilot program they have initiated — Facebook is requiring their fact-checkers to become signatories. Here is the initial paragraph of their website: The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at Poynter is […]
Nice article by Craig Silverman of Buzzfeed: Facebook Turning to Fact-Checkers to Fight Fake News Another good article by Mike Isaac of New York Times: Facebook Mounts Effort to Limit Tide of Fake News Another good article by Nancy Scola of Politico: Facebook: We’ll start flagging fake news Another good article by Jeff Jarvis, CUNY […]
Great Interview about Fake News with Craig Silverman of Buzzfeed. You can read the printed transcript or listen to the NPR radio show Fresh Air with Dave Davies.
Instigated by Will Thalheimer, a regular American citizen, because of his belief that America's political dialogue is dangerously dysfunctional, especially in being intentionally manipulated with misinformation to prompt voters to misinterpret the factors utilized in their own decision-making.
If our inaugural campaign is successful, and we raise enough money to fund a nonprofit, our future headquarters will be located somewhere near Boston.
And, if we grow, we'll look to have offices in Washington, DC... to keep a close eye on those who might hope to bend the truth...
So you can do your due-diligence, the instigator of Make Truth Great Again is Will Thalheimer, and you can learn about him through his websites and social media links:
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