Tag: facts

Distinguishing Between Factual and Opinion Statements in the News

Distinguishing Between Factual and Opinion Statements in the News (Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project)

The politically aware, digitally savvy and those more trusting of the news media fare better in differentiating factual statements from opinions.

From the Pew Research Center: A new poll by the Pew Research Center suggests people are having difficulty telling the difference between fact and opinion. Pew Director of Journalism Research Amy Mitchell said the study “raises caution” around news consumers’ ability “to sort news quickly.” “At this point, the U.S. does not seem to have become completely…

Searching for Alternative Facts

Searching for Alternative Facts (Data & Society)

New Data & Society ethnographic study illuminates conservative methods of fact-checking media; warns that search engines may facilitate disinformation

Searching for Alternative Facts is an ethnographic account drawn directly from Francesca Tripodi’s research within upper-middle class conservative Christian communities in Virginia in 2017. Tripodi uses Christian practices of Biblical interpretation as a lens for understanding the relationship between so-called “alternative” or “fake news” sources and contemporary conservative political thought. “They critically interrogate media messages in…

Peacemaking among higher-order primates by Jordan B. Peterson

Peacemaking among higher-order primates by Jordan B. Peterson (Scribd)

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“Facts are facts. Opinions about the facts differ. It is therefore the job of the peacemaker to bridge the gap between opinions, and in that manner, bring about reconciliation. This much seems obvious. But what if the facts themselves differ? What if the basis for the disagreement is so profound that the world arrays itself…