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    Default Seeing Is Believing: How Media Mythbusting Can Actually Make False Beliefs Stronger

    Eryn Newman
    May 26 2020

    As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world, politicians, medical experts and epidemiologists have taught us about flattening curves, contact tracing, R0 and growth factors. At the same time, we are facing an “infodemic” – an overload of information, in which fact is hard to separate from fiction.
    Misinformation about coronavirus can have serious consequences. Widespread myths about “immune boosters”, supposed “cures”, and conspiracy theories linked to 5G radiation have already caused immediate harm. In the long term they make may people more complacent if they have false beliefs about what will protect them from coronavirus.


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    Interesting. Not sure we should blame the media for making false claims stronger. Perhaps, the burden rests with the reader for not taking the time to truly understand what they're reading or hearing. We live in a world where everything has to be "instant" and served up quick, fast, and in a hurry. In a fast-paced society, people are more prone to miss the truth.
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    [QUOTE=Mr. Wizard;86425 In a fast-paced society, people are more prone to miss the truth.[/QUOTE]

    Wise and true.

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    Many people don't have time--or won't make time--to dig beneath the surface of media stories. I find most print and broadcast media stories to be woefully superficial. I'm a researcher at heart, and am prone to search for original studies or documents. Often times, upon reading original sources on which media stories are based, I find substantial differences in what's being reported versus what the original documents actually state.

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