By Emily Reynolds
The spread of bad news — fake or otherwise — is likely to be on everybody’s minds at the moment. Whether it’s legitimate updates on the spread or symptoms of coronavirus, or sensationalism more to do with page clicks than scientific fact, it can be hard to tune out of the news cycle — and to know what information you should be passing on to friends and family.
Past research has found that alarming information is likely to spread further than positive information; we’re also more likely to share news that confirms our own beliefs and biases. But what impact does the experience of stress have on the sharing of negative or alarming news? A new study published in Scientific Reports suggests a complex relationship between the two.
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I must confess to previous ignorance of the Babylon Bee, despite its 10 million monthly readers. After reading this post, however, I intend to make it my business to check them out regularly.
Stately McDaniel Manor
Every year, I teach Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to my 11th grade students. No one can know American literature without knowing Huck Finn. It’s Mark Twain’s masterpiece. It took him seven years to write, and I suspect he finally published it in service to the venerable author’s aphorism:
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*With all the talk about fake news you may have wondered what started it all. Here is renowned investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson giving you chapter and verse.*
Was the effort to focus America’s attention on the idea of “fake news”—itself a propaganda effort? Connect the dots and learn who’s behind it and why. It’s not what you think. Sharyl Attkisson is a five-time Emmy Award winner and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting and author of two New York Times bestsellers: “The Smear” and “Stonewalled.” Attkisson hosts the Sunday national TV news program “Full Measure,” which focuses on investigative and accountability reporting. For thirty years, Attkisson was a correspondent and anchor at PBS, CNN and CBS News, where the Washington Post described her as “a persistent voice of news-media skepticism about the government’s story.” She’s a fourth degree blackbelt in TaeKwonDo. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.