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Month: March 2020

Social media: Did 21 million cell phones really disappear in China?

Social media: Did 21 million cell phones really disappear in China?

A random “factoid” of vanishing cell phones has reasonable alternative explanations. Media reports love “factoids” – little snippets of items or numbers that add little to the story but enable them to pretend they’ve found something. Random correlations of X and Y are a favorite selection for factoids,

Coronavirus Hall of Shame, Part 2

Coronavirus Hall of Shame, Part 2

Young people have been engaged in reckless behaviors that are killing people, all for fun, of course, and to generate more views on their social media. Nest post will look at the “adult” covidiots who have done nearly equally idiotic activities.

“Extremely Likely” does not mean what you think it means

“Extremely Likely” does not mean what you think it means

Greta Thunberg says it is “extremely likely” she had Covid-19 during the past two weeks but in reality, while it is possible she had Covid-19, there is no evidence to support her “extremely likely” claim. She is a propaganda platform and this type of messaging is inappropriate in regards to Covid-19.

The 2020 Corona Virus Pandemic Hall of Shame, Part 1

The 2020 Corona Virus Pandemic Hall of Shame, Part 1

Early on I began collecting online comments about the Covid19 pandemic, recognizing that many would not age well. Here are a few of them. Overall, the public messaging around coronavirus has been inconsistent, contradictory, lacking in clarity, even wrong – and sometimes outright lies. This is part 1 of who knows how many parts to come. This is open ended.

Coronavirus: A data perspective

Coronavirus: A data perspective

Data – in charts – presents a different perspective on the Covid19 outbreak than we may be getting from media and social media. This data does not diminish the very real threat. But it illustrates how the data is presented to us – and sometimes using bright red expanding circles – may mislead our interpretations of the threat creating more fear than necessary.