That’s not to say though that our values can’t also get confused—or even tricked. For better or worse, recent questioning of the traditional gatekeepers of information has heralded the advent of alternative information sources, as discussed in this TED-Ed video. But the pestering query persists—which information is trustworthy information?
Tumultuous situations may invite accidental or even intentional misinformation, alas thrusting the burden of validity on us. This video by John Green of Crash Course emphasizes the need to approach a subject with cool composure. Look not just at the information but at the source behind the information—do specific sponsors or creators have biases that seeped into the presentation?
Today, seek to understand not just the facts and figures coming our way–but the reason why it’s those facts and figures. Wear the investigative journalist’s hat to constantly seek what lies behind with bravery to ask, is there more to this picture that’s been painted?
“Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable.”
– Mark Twain
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