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.

Sources: https://www.ted.com/talks/markham_nolan_how_to_separate_fact_and_fiction_online/transcript?language=en#t-576319

https://www.ted.com/speakers/markham_nolan

 

Comments

What you've written here is very interesting and it's pretty amazing to be reminded just how fast and far news can travel over social media. I find TED talks pretty interesting and informative as well, although telling the reader that you and your friends find them to be reliable might not be the best way to convince them of this. You mention more than just that of course but I think a little more could be added to convince the reader that the organization and speaker are reliable.
You could mention some of the people who work in the company and a bit of their past experience which would solidify their reliability. As for Markham Nolan, the speaker, you could mention that at the moment he works at CBC news, as well as having built Storyful, and has past experience as a Managing Editor and Head of Visual Storytelling at Vocativ.

Here are the links I looked at:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/markhamnolan
https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization/history-of-ted