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(FastCo Design)   One easy trick to spotting a lie on the internet   ( divider line
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22502 clicks; posted to Main » on 06 Jan 2014 at 11:30 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-01-06 11:45:26 AM  
12 votes:
i.imgur.comView Full Size
2014-01-06 12:04:39 PM  
9 votes:
i42.tinypic.comView Full Size
2014-01-06 11:46:04 AM  
7 votes:
edwardtufte.comView Full Size

i like pie.
2014-01-06 10:45:34 AM  
7 votes:
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 12:40:48 PM  
6 votes:
My favorite infographic:

img.fark.netView Full Size
2014-01-06 10:11:49 AM  
5 votes:
blogs-images.forbes.comView Full Size

Seems legit. I mean, it's an infographic. Surely we can trust an infographic.
2014-01-06 11:41:53 AM  
3 votes:
2.bp.blogspot.comView Full Size
2014-01-06 04:58:11 PM  
2 votes:

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

Yes, because (guess what?) the sky is not, in fact, blue. It only appears blue because the human eye is more sensitive one end of the spectrum. Otherwise, the sky would appear a greenish-blue.

Citation please. Because* I've read that the eye is most sensitive to green, which is why you weight RGB color values differently (green most heavily, then red, then blue) when you convert a color image to black and white.

*Sorry, "barbeque."
2014-01-06 12:36:24 PM  
2 votes:

sdd2000: As to graphs I look at source. If it is from Faux News I can reasonable be certain that it is not an accurate representation.


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2014-01-06 12:25:16 PM  
2 votes:

Linux_Yes: Mangoose: If I read it on the internet, I just assume it's a lie.

Less mistakes that way.

yea, and TV 'news' is just chock full of facts.   lol

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2014-01-06 12:11:50 PM  
2 votes:
imgs.xkcd.comView Full Size

/The file itself is .png, make of it what you will.
2014-01-06 12:08:47 PM  
2 votes:
it's all lies.

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2014-01-06 11:37:31 AM  
2 votes:
searchengineland.comView Full Size
2014-01-06 11:34:19 AM  
2 votes:
shodor.orgView Full Size

Beware the "best fit line"
2014-01-06 10:52:25 AM  
2 votes:
Bon Jour.
2014-01-06 10:10:28 AM  
2 votes:
If I read it on the internet, I just assume it's a lie.

Less mistakes that way.
2014-01-06 06:20:22 PM  
1 vote:
What better indication of online lying do you need than this? Full Size
2014-01-06 03:56:26 PM  
1 vote:

usafdave: Came for cake.  Leaving disappointed.

No one posted advice animals either. *sigh*
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2014-01-06 01:52:28 PM  
1 vote:

doglover: Statistics are lies. You can make them prove anything you want.

No you can't. If you do, you're just flat out lying. Has nothing to do with statistics.
2014-01-06 01:50:20 PM  
1 vote:
impactlab.netView Full Size

/lying on the internet?
//cat and pic are hot
2014-01-06 01:36:33 PM  
1 vote:
I have found that whenever a politician is lying they put a letter R in parenthesis right after their name. It's a dead giveaway.
2014-01-06 01:17:53 PM  
1 vote:

derpy: MagicBoris: [ image 303x332]

/The file itself is .png, make of it what you will.

what about .ott?

I'm down with .ott
2014-01-06 01:03:11 PM  
1 vote:

Anayalator: [ image 500x221]

Don't think you're something special just because you did it first.

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2014-01-06 12:59:27 PM  
1 vote:

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Bill Gates and 100 homeless guys walk into a bar. The AVERAGE drinker is a millionaire.

/Lying with statistics is easy

That's pretty mean.
2014-01-06 12:55:16 PM  
1 vote:
I only trust graphics that reinforce my current belief system
2014-01-06 12:51:05 PM  
1 vote:
Bill Gates and 100 homeless guys walk into a bar. The AVERAGE drinker is a millionaire.

/Lying with statistics is easy
2014-01-06 12:41:51 PM  
1 vote:
2014-01-06 12:38:12 PM  
1 vote:
Any post containing the word "libtard."
2014-01-06 12:34:01 PM  
1 vote:
ecx.images-amazon.comView Full Size
2014-01-06 12:31:22 PM  
1 vote:
27% of Kentuckians smoking seems a little on the conservative side.
2014-01-06 12:25:59 PM  
1 vote:
2014-01-06 12:16:00 PM  
1 vote:
Subby uses the words "smokin' hot" when linking to a Daily Mail news item.
2014-01-06 12:09:31 PM  
1 vote:

InterruptingQuirk: Smoky Dragon Dish: dugitman: Sybarite: [ image 850x566]

Heh, that's the indystar and fairly recent. I've not seen that soooo, uh, was that really published? You know this thread being about internet lies and all.

I used to see all kinds of awful errors like this in the Indiana Daily Student at Indiana University.  I wouldn't be surprised....

How is it erroneous?

When they start handing out 15ft cats, I want to be the first in line.  Would go well with my giant red dog.
2014-01-06 12:07:28 PM  
1 vote:
Came for cake.  Leaving disappointed.

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2014-01-06 12:05:29 PM  
1 vote:

Sybarite: [ image 850x566]

The real proof of how people don't understand graphs and charts is this document getting posted as if it were incorrect or humorous or created by an idiot.

The Y axis is labelled as starting at 13ft, 6in. The graph describes a total height range of 1 ft, 6 in. The housecat, at 1ft, 3in, is perfectly to scale.
2014-01-06 12:04:45 PM  
1 vote:
If you like the truth, you can keep it. Period.
2014-01-06 12:01:29 PM  
1 vote:
Someone should show this to the graph and chart collectors that pop up and spam global warming threads
2014-01-06 11:56:25 AM  
1 vote:
imgs.xkcd.comView Full Size
2014-01-06 11:53:38 AM  
1 vote:
4.bp.blogspot.comView Full Size

They can't put anything on the internet that isn't true.
2014-01-06 11:53:15 AM  
1 vote:
i0.kym-cdn.comView Full Size

Everything posted on the Internet is a lie. Except for this one. You gotta believe me!
2014-01-06 11:50:08 AM  
1 vote:
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 11:45:57 AM  
1 vote:
It's preceded by "White house press secretary stated..."
2014-01-06 11:45:43 AM  
1 vote:
Good read.
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2014-01-06 11:38:46 AM  
1 vote:
I found a lie on the internet.

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2014-01-06 11:34:25 AM  
1 vote:
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2014-01-06 11:33:52 AM  
1 vote:
I really thought it was going to be about looking at pixels.
2014-01-06 11:05:58 AM  
1 vote:
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 10:53:41 AM  
1 vote:

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://ww

Stella Mudd?  I'd totally hit that.

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