The Math Behind the Facts
by christos10 on January 31, 2017 - 10:59am
The video that was posted on Ted Ed talks “how to separate fact from fiction online” by Markham Nolan, who is a managing editor of “storyful.com” and a journalist for Ted Ed, he discusses how we rely on the audience for the facts that we receive and trust. An example he used was when on the 5th of September there was a 7.6 magnitude earthquake in Costa Rica. It takes 60 seconds for it to travel to Managua which is 250 kilometers away. Thirty seconds after it hit Managua, there was a post on twitter and it was someone saying “tremblor” which means earthquake. Thirty seconds after the post on twitter, it had travelled around the world. We can see how this is true based on the fact of how many seconds it took for the earthquake to hit Managua and how many seconds it took for the post to go out. Its amazing how connected people are around the world but it can also be a scary thing. Nowadays we have a documentary instinct to post anything that happens and the word has access to it because it goes up into the cloud in a constant stream.
This video is credible because Ted ED is a worldwide recognized for the studies and breakthroughs many journalists have made and many scientists and researchers have published. It is also reliable because of the journalist in the video Markham Nolan who calls himself “literary mercenary”. His main goal is to sort through news and information to see what’s true and what’s false. I also trust this site because I have used this most of my life and so have my friends to find out new breakthroughs of what’s going on in the world.