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Pelosi and Doubling-Tracking

There’s a video going around that purportedly shows Nancy Pelosi drunk or unwell, answering a question about Trump in a slow and slurred way. It turns out that it is slowed down, and that the original video shows her quite engaged and articulate. Two things about this. The first is that our four moves (SIFT) … Continue reading Pelosi and Doubling-Tracking

Fri, 24 May 2019 20:14:17 +0000


Using Changes in Framing to Figure Out Where to Focus Attention

I have so much writing backlogged I need to get a few quick hits out to clear the logjam. Here’s a good example of a statistical false frame that’s visual enough for a slide. It says “Washington Post” on the bottom there, but of course the Washington Post version lacks the “presidential term” markers. When … Continue reading Using Changes in Framing to Figure Out Where to Focus Attention

Wed, 22 May 2019 00:52:16 +0000


Introducing SIFT, a Four Moves Acronym

The Four Moves have undergone some tweaking since I first introduced them in early 2017. The language has shifted, been refined. We’ve come to see that lateral reading is more of a principle underlying at least two of the moves (maybe three). We’ve removed a reference to “go upstream” which was a bit geeky. All … Continue reading Introducing SIFT, a Four Moves Acronym

Sun, 12 May 2019 18:18:18 +0000


The Curation/Search Radicalization Spiral

Sam prides himself on questioning conventional wisdom and subjecting claims to intellectual scrutiny. For kids today, that means Googling stuff. One might think these searches would turn up a variety of perspectives, including at least a few compelling counterarguments. One would be wrong. The Google searches flooded his developing brain with endless bias-confirming “proof” to … Continue reading The Curation/Search Radicalization Spiral

Tue, 07 May 2019 17:47:12 +0000


Data Voids and the Google This Ploy: Kalergi Plan

If you want to see how data voids are utilized by extremists, here’s a good example. Last night a prominent conservative organization tweeted this image: You see the beach ball, right? It asks you to Google the “Kalergi Plan”. What’s that? It’s an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that has its roots in “the ‘white genocide’ and … Continue reading Data Voids and the Google This Ploy: Kalergi Plan

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 21:48:03 +0000


Network Heuristics

There’s a story going around right now about a “reporter” who was following people shorting Tesla stock and allegedly approaching them for information. I won’t go into the whole Elon vs. the Short Sellers history, you don’t need it. Let’s just say that posing as a reporter can be used for ill in a variety … Continue reading Network Heuristics

Thu, 28 Mar 2019 19:14:22 +0000


Update on Check, Please!

Short update on the Check, Please project. We’re about halfway into the coding hours on this which is a bit scary. We still have some expert hours from TS Waterman at the end to solve the hard problems but right now we’re solving the easy ones. A couple weeks ago we put out a prototype. … Continue reading Update on Check, Please!

Fri, 01 Mar 2019 17:41:30 +0000


Web Literacy Across the Curriculum

We’re still teaching history using only print texts even as kids are being historicized online by Holocaust deniers and Lost-Causers. We’re teaching science in an era when online anti-vaxxers gain traction by using scientific language to deceive and intimidate.  Sam Wineburg, The internet is sowing mass confusion. We must rethink how we teach kids every subject. Couple … Continue reading Web Literacy Across the Curriculum

Mon, 25 Feb 2019 18:16:23 +0000


Educating the Influencers: The “Check, Please!” Prototype

OK, maybe you’re just here for the video. I would be. Watch the demo of Check Please, and then continue downpage for the theory of change behind it. Watched it? OK, here’s the backstory. Last November we won an award from RTI International and the Rita Allen Foundation to work on a “fact-checking tutorial generator” … Continue reading Educating the Influencers: The “Check, Please!” Prototype

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:26:11 +0000


Attention Is the Scarcity

There’s a lot of things that set our approach at the Digital Polarization Initiative apart from most previous initiatives. But the biggest thing is this: we start from the environment in which students are most likely to practice online literacy skills, and in that environment attention is the scarcity. The idea that scarce attention forms the … Continue reading Attention Is the Scarcity

Mon, 04 Feb 2019 17:37:07 +0000


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