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(FastCo Design)   One easy trick to spotting a lie on the internet   (fastcodesign.com) divider line 196
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2014-01-06 10:08:07 AM
I am telling a lie.
 
2014-01-06 10:10:28 AM
If I read it on the internet, I just assume it's a lie.

Less mistakes that way.
 
2014-01-06 10:11:49 AM
blogs-images.forbes.com

Seems legit. I mean, it's an infographic. Surely we can trust an infographic.
 
2014-01-06 10:12:08 AM
Critical thinking, how the fark does it work?
 
2014-01-06 10:12:33 AM
Dumb people who don't even have a fundamental sense of curiosity will no doubt blame this on the internet, instead of themselves.
 
2014-01-06 10:27:15 AM
Statistics are an often-abused tool in data science. "Fatal shark attacks have risen 100% this year" sounds like an alarming statistic until you realize that only one person was fatally attacked by a shark last year. Check the raw numbers when data visualizations present only the statistics.

I'm always leery of that one, and also of its brother: "People who [insert "dangerous" activity] are [insert relatively small number] times more likely to [insert dire consequence] as people who don't." Well, if it's 1 in 100000 versus [that aforementioned small number] in 100000, it's both true and irrelevant.
 
2014-01-06 10:34:05 AM

dittybopper: I am telling a lie.

You say you are lying, but if everything you say is a lie, then you are telling the truth, but you cannot tell the truth because everything you say is a lie, but you lie... You tell the truth but you cannot for you lie... illogical! Illogical! Please explain! You are human. Only humans can explain their behavior! Please explain!


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708432/quotes?item=qt0406610">http://ww w.imdb.com/title/tt0708432/quotes?item=qt0406610
 
2014-01-06 10:45:34 AM
The only way to really know if an infographic can be trusted is to look for footnotes at the bottom. Footnotes are a real pain in the ass to format, so most people won't bother with them if they're just making a fake one. I mean, they might bother with one or two footnotes, tops, but that will be it. In the vast majority of cases, the following courses of action are appropriate:

Infographic with 3 or more footnotes: better than 90 percent chance of accuracy, use as basis for argument
Infographic with 1-2 footnotes: 50 percent chance of accuracy, post "Citation Needed" pic
Infographic with 0 footnotes: less than 10 percent chance of accuracy, accuse poster of trolling
 
2014-01-06 10:52:25 AM
Bon Jour.
 
2014-01-06 10:53:41 AM

Because People in power are Stupid: dittybopper: I am telling a lie.

You say you are lying, but if everything you say is a lie, then you are telling the truth, but you cannot tell the truth because everything you say is a lie, but you lie... You tell the truth but you cannot for you lie... illogical! Illogical! Please explain! You are human. Only humans can explain their behavior! Please explain!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708432/quotes?item=qt0406610">http://ww w.imdb.com/title/tt0708432/quotes?item=qt0406610


Stella Mudd?  I'd totally hit that.

www.technovelgy.com
 
2014-01-06 11:05:58 AM
Faced with an unprecedented torrent of information, data scientists have turned to the visual arts to make sense of big data.

We rely on data to make sense of the world, but can we really trust Big Data to look out for our interests rather than their own?

You'd be doing the world a great service if you shopped your local mom and pop data shops.
 
2014-01-06 11:31:41 AM
Rule 34
 
2014-01-06 11:31:55 AM
Forget that. Give me a tip for spotting the truth.
 
2014-01-06 11:33:50 AM
People stupid enough to get scammed are too stupid to do all of that.
 
2014-01-06 11:33:52 AM
I really thought it was going to be about looking at pixels.
 
2014-01-06 11:34:19 AM
www.shodor.org
Beware the "best fit line"
 
2014-01-06 11:34:25 AM
i.imgur.com

/obligatory
 
2014-01-06 11:36:51 AM
If it's on the internet, assume it's a lie. That's my motto.
 
2014-01-06 11:37:06 AM
I always thought it was something to do with pixels.
And I've seen a few pixels in my time, I can tell you.
 
2014-01-06 11:37:31 AM
searchengineland.com
 
2014-01-06 11:38:08 AM
"How to lie with statistics" was first published in 1954. It's just as relevant today as it was then.

/should be mandatory reading in high school.
 
2014-01-06 11:38:36 AM
Yeah but why should I trust FastCo Design?
 
2014-01-06 11:38:46 AM
I found a lie on the internet.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-01-06 11:41:44 AM
images.fineartamerica.com

It's beautiful.
 
2014-01-06 11:41:49 AM
57% of statistics are made up. 88% of all people know that.
 
2014-01-06 11:41:53 AM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-01-06 11:42:39 AM

InterruptingQuirk: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 476x293]


I don't know; I've never understood it!
 
2014-01-06 11:43:56 AM
the pixels, it's always the pixels
 
2014-01-06 11:44:05 AM
God dammit I hate badly coded websites that don't know how to handle mobile connections

Tablet - I get a story about a record made of ice instead of the intended story..
 
2014-01-06 11:44:23 AM

Private_Citizen: "How to lie with statistics" was first published in 1954. It's just as relevant today as it was then.

/should be mandatory reading in high school.



Would you read a book called "What Color Is The Sky?" that merely explained how the sky was in fact blue?

Statistics are lies. You can make them prove anything you want. The only reason they work in science is because everyone's trying to prove everyone else wrong so THEY get the precious grant money.
 
2014-01-06 11:44:54 AM

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Yeah but why should I trust FastCo Design?


According to them, you shouldn't:

Generally, we can trust data provided by:
•Government organizations
•University research laboratories
•Nonpartisan organizations
And we should look more closely at data provided by:
•For-profit companies

•Partisan organizations
•Advocacy groups
If the data source isn't listed, take the data visualization with many grains of salt.
 
2014-01-06 11:45:26 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-06 11:45:31 AM

Because People in power are Stupid: dittybopper: I am telling a lie.

You say you are lying, but if everything you say is a lie, then you are telling the truth, but you cannot tell the truth because everything you say is a lie, but you lie... You tell the truth but you cannot for you lie... illogical! Illogical! Please explain! You are human. Only humans can explain their behavior! Please explain!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708432/quotes?item=qt0406610">http://ww w.imdb.com/title/tt0708432/quotes?item=qt0406610


Inconceivable!
 
2014-01-06 11:45:43 AM
Good read.
ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2014-01-06 11:45:57 AM
It's preceded by "White house press secretary stated..."
 
2014-01-06 11:46:04 AM
www.edwardtufte.com
i like pie.
 
2014-01-06 11:47:53 AM
Every high school should have required courses in statistics, logic, and debating.
 
2014-01-06 11:47:55 AM

Private_Citizen: "How to lie with statistics" was first published in 1954. It's just as relevant today as it was then.

/should be mandatory reading in high school.


Statistically speaking of course.
 
2014-01-06 11:48:01 AM

pxlboy: InterruptingQuirk: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 476x293]

I don't know; I've never understood it!


wut?

media.tumblr.com
 
2014-01-06 11:49:31 AM

Archimedes' Principal: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Yeah but why should I trust FastCo Design?

According to them, you shouldn't:

Generally, we can trust data provided by:
•Government organizations
•University research laboratories
•Nonpartisan organizations
And we should look more closely at data provided by:
•For-profit companies
•Partisan organizations
•Advocacy groups
If the data source isn't listed, take the data visualization with many grains of salt.



What if your government organizations, University research laboratories, and "Nonpartisan" organizations are, in fact, partisan and advocating towards a specific agenda?
 
2014-01-06 11:49:57 AM
Uh, did anyone else get linked to an article on "A Record Made of Ice that Actually Plays?"
 
2014-01-06 11:50:08 AM
But I was assured that organic foods really DO cause autism!

/shared this with my teabagger friends
//hope they take the time to read it and not just look at the pretty pictures
 
2014-01-06 11:50:43 AM

Sybarite: [i.imgur.com image 850x566]


Thank you!  I love that one so much, but had not thought of it for this thread yet.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2014-01-06 11:51:16 AM

dittybopper: Because People in power are Stupid: dittybopper: I am telling a lie.

You say you are lying, but if everything you say is a lie, then you are telling the truth, but you cannot tell the truth because everything you say is a lie, but you lie... You tell the truth but you cannot for you lie... illogical! Illogical! Please explain! You are human. Only humans can explain their behavior! Please explain!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708432/quotes?item=qt0406610">http://ww w.imdb.com/title/tt0708432/quotes?item=qt0406610

Stella Mudd?  I'd totally hit that.


Hopefully with a large section of tower or something large enough to ensure death.
 
2014-01-06 11:52:13 AM

Anayalator: [searchengineland.com image 500x221]


That's to obvious a lie
 
2014-01-06 11:52:29 AM
There was a boy named Brad, he played trumpet and he died.

// too obscure?
 
2014-01-06 11:52:36 AM
Erm, tfa I got is about a record made of ice. Am I to assume the ice is a lie?
 
2014-01-06 11:52:38 AM

styckx: God dammit I hate badly coded websites that don't know how to handle mobile connections

Tablet - I get a story about a record made of ice instead of the intended story..


Same thing on my phone. Boy, was I confused!
 
2014-01-06 11:52:39 AM

Pocket Ninja: The only way to really know if an infographic can be trusted is to look for footnotes at the bottom. Footnotes are a real pain in the ass to format, so most people won't bother with them if they're just making a fake one. I mean, they might bother with one or two footnotes, tops, but that will be it. In the vast majority of cases, the following courses of action are appropriate:

Infographic with 3 or more footnotes: better than 90 percent chance of accuracy, use as basis for argument
Infographic with 1-2 footnotes: 50 percent chance of accuracy, post "Citation Needed" pic
Infographic with 0 footnotes: less than 10 percent chance of accuracy, accuse poster of trolling


You said "Infographic" three times. I'm not accusing you of trolling; I just think you must really like "Infographic".
 
2014-01-06 11:53:02 AM

Fireproof: Uh, did anyone else get linked to an article on "A Record Made of Ice that Actually Plays?"


It is a shiatty website that handles mobile requests like shiat. Request desktop site instead.
 
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