“Something Weird Is Happening on Facebook”

“Something Weird Is Happening on Facebook”

I have a post appearing in my news feed right now, asking: “You have 30 minutes to spend $10,000 in one store. Where are you going?” Or, “What was your first car?” On the surface, these are boring questions, yet FB indicates it has had 1.8 million comments added. Why are these posts occurring and who is behind them? Someone appears to be pouring enormous energy and effort into a data collection project aimed at building personality profiles from social…

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The media’s “missing white women syndrome” problem

The media’s “missing white women syndrome” problem

Academic research confirms the media’s obsession with “missing white women” (specifically, young, blonde, blue eyed women). When someone goes missing, coverage is extreme for missing young white women, drops significantly for missing women of color, and is almost non-existent for men, with coverage of missing white men receiving the least amount of press.

NOAA’s claim that July was the hottest month is likely no longer true – but …

NOAA’s claim that July was the hottest month is likely no longer true – but …

An earlier claim from NOAA that July 2021 was the hottest month ever appears to no longer be true after more temperature data was collected. The issue here is: the initial claims made headlines all over the media landscape. The revision, and effectively a correction, has received no publicity. This is unfortunately how media works – and why I consider most news stories to be false until they withstand the test of time.