‘Bad’ News Really Does Travel Fast

March 2018

I’m currently working in the Pacific Northwest due to a death in the family. I haven’t had as much time as usual to consume media, especially articles, podcasts and broadcasts that help fortify my career. That said, here are a few items I’d recommend this month.

[read] Fake news really does travel fast. This article from the journal Science hit last week and continues to spread around the world – much like the questionable content that it’s based upon. Six fact-finding organizations teamed up to discover how falsehoods spread online, particularly on Twitter. The surprising conclusion: false news stories were 70% more likely to be re-tweeted than true stories. That shouldn’t surprise anyone that’s been the victim of malicious, fake gossip, but it also should have everyone thinking twice about what they read or pass on via social media.

[watch] Don’t be a dope. I’m a sucker for a good documentary, having studied film for two years while an undergraduate at Virginia Tech. So I make a point to watch a lot of award-winning documentaries (especially when they are done by a classmate) and this year’s Oscar-winner, Icarus, is worth the gold (so to speak). It focuses on doping in sports and will have you think twice about winners and ‘losers.’ It’s currently streaming on Netflix.

[listen] Why you can’t get that song out of your head. I’ve also been immersed in YouTube Kids videos to augment my nephew’s weekly speech therapy. I’ve noticed that once we start listening to certain tunes, I can’t get rid of the melodies the rest of the day. This podcast by RadioLab helps explain the science behind such earworms.