I read a very interesting article from fivethirtyeight called “Fact Checking Won’t Save Us From False News.” Interesting discussion from the history of news, to the many psychological issues that surround what we choose to believe and what we don’t. Perhaps the biggest new thought the article contained for me is that false news is not about accuracy, but about power.
The two most interesting suggestions for the future were 1) encouraging news outlets to stop providing a false balance or false equivalency between competing arguments where there is none. An example is autism and immunizations. The scientific media are better at this then the general news media. Secondly, to discuss policy the impact of policy changes on our lives. This is one way to engage people, and to separate the personality wars from what policy changes mean for our day to day lives.