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The Short-Circuiting of the American Mind (Part 1: The Propaganda Trap)

“Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later, that debt is paid.” – Valery Legasov ( From the HBO serial “Chernobyl”) The collapse of Soviet Union in 1991 is usually attributed to a combination of factors, including the war in Afghanistan, Chernobyl, civic unrest, low …

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Data Points: January 2019

A roundup of random thoughts on data, information and design for the New Year. Diversity in the 116th U.S. Congress There has been a lot of discussion this week about the racial, ethnic and gender makeup of the incoming class of congress, including celebrations of firsts on the Democratic side …

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Donald Trump and the Truth Bubble

“Wherever the people are well-informed they can be trusted with their own government.” — Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789 Thomas Jefferson’s support of a free press and education for the common people — including entry to the highest levels of instruction (i.e. a college or university) — was based …

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Anatomy of an Analysis (Part 2) – The Enrichening

In the first part of this analysis, I turned a short list of movies into a database that could be used to answer basic questions about the list’s contents. Now I’d like to broaden this analysis by combining the original list with additional outside information — a process called data …

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Anatomy of an Analysis (Part 1)

A few weeks ago, the BBC News produced a list of the top 100 greatest American films based on input from critics from around the world. Here are the top ten films presented in rank order: Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972) Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, …

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Jon Stewart on Misinformation

I just finished watching Jon Stewart’s final episode of The Daily Show and I was glad see that his parting speech addressed the topic of misinformation (aka: bullshit) and how to recognize it. The following is a rough transcript: TRANSCRIPT: Jon Stewart delivers speech on “Bulls–t” during his final episode …

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Snow Days and the Flow of Information

Mood music for this post: Snow Day by Trip Shakespeare Friday was another snow day here in Wisconsin and I found it interesting to see how this piece of information wound its way through the various layers of the community. (For the uninitiated, a snow day is a weather-related closing …