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  1. Oct 2018
    1. Statistics are an often-abused tool in data science

      Interesting thing to think about, because a lot of the times, we don't know who is part of the statistics, or how many people.

    2. Make sure to look at what the colors actually represent before drawing a conclusion from the visualization.

      Always make sure you know where your information is coming from, and if it is being represented correctly.

    3. data scientists can twist public opinion to their benefit and even profit at our expense.AdChoicesADVERTISINGinRead invented by Teads

      Why are they able to get away with things like this?

    1. hundreds of polls have been conducted, and the vast, vast majority of them show Hillary Clinton winning nationally and in enough states to win the presidency.

      This proves that even though there were many polls conducted, that doesn't mean that these polls are completely accurate.

    2. suggesting that while Donald Trump is still the underdog, there’s a one-in-three shot he’ll end up the next president.

      How did they come up with this number?

    1. Social media platforms could better meet society's needs, says Harris, if they shift away from a business model that aims to capture the attention of users and serve it to advertisers.

      If the media would focus less on the business aspect, and more on what the consumers need, i feel hat everyone could benefit.

    2. “And that's precisely how social media apps deliver social feedback.”  

      Someone could tweet that they hate school, and then they get rewarded by getting likes or or retweets. Our society is so consumed with being liked, and being validated.

    3. Research shows that people are more likely to share content that elicits outrage,

      If you scroll down facebook, or twitter, people are always complaining, or getting angry at something.

    4. “I think it's crucial that we understand how new technologies might be changing the way that we experience and express moral emotions like outrage,”

      This is very important!

  2. Sep 2018
    1. Some sites, for instance, require proof of purchase to counter fake reviews

      This would be extremely helpful, because people tend to create fake reviews of their own product in order to get their ratings up which can be pretty annoying!

    2. For one thing, the sheer volume of reviews can transform a simple purchase into a research project

      A good example of this is, amazon reviews, you can click on a product and at the bottom it shows you tons of star ratings and reviews about it.

    3. how the sites display comments or choose not to,

      Most people don't realize that, even though you are able to upload your reviews online about a website or about an article, these websites or companies can still control what is posted on their sites.

    4. online review sites have transformed the way we make consumer decisions.

      The internet controls basically everything that we do, so it would only make sense that companies would want to keep track of what is said about them online, because consumers are highly dependent on online reviews, and articles.

    1. Rather than trying to protect students from words and ideas that they will inevitably encounter, colleges should do all they can to equip students to thrive in a world full of words and ideas that they cannot control.

      This is something I mentioned in one of my previous comments, the important thing that schools should be focusing on it that the only way to help its students is to prepare them, not shield them.

    2. In March, the student government at Ithaca College, in upstate New York, went so far as to propose the creation of an anonymous microaggression-reporting system.

      This can be taking microaggression a bit too far, if someone is being offensive with their word choice. The first step should be asking the person to stop, and if that doesn't work, then i believe it would be necessary to report them.

    3. Classroom discussions are safe places to be exposed to incidental reminders of trauma (such as the word violate)

      The trigger words for one student, shouldn't take away from the education of the rest of the students in the classroom.

    4. It’s difficult to know exactly why vindictive protectiveness has burst forth so powerfully in the past few years.

      I feel like its because of the media, and how they shove these ideas in our faces every single day persuading people to think that certain topics are too sensitive to discuss. Also that we cant say certain things because some people might find it slightly offensive.

    5. There’s a saying common in education circles: Don’t teach students what to think; teach them how to think.

      In my previous comment, I spoke about how protecting students from certain ideas isn't going to make them go away. I feel like that strongly relates to this saying, because the only way teachers can prepare us for the real world is by helping us fully understand and interpret important ideas, rather than telling us what its about and what we're supposed to think about it.

    6. The ultimate aim, it seems, is to turn campuses into “safe spaces” where young adults are shielded from words and ideas that make some uncomfortable.

      Eventually young adults, such as myself will be faced with the "real world", and "shielding" us isn't going to do anything but harm us in the end. Our generation is becoming more and more sensitive to certain topics, but just because you don't want to talk about it, doesn't mean its going to go away.

    7. it is a microaggression to ask an Asian American or Latino American “Where were you born?,” because this implies that he or she is not a real American.

      There isn't always "malicious intent" when asking questions about someones background. I feel like its mainly up to the person being asked this question, to translate it how they want. If they feel its offensive, or the question is implying that they arent from America, then its totally up to them how they wanna take it.

  3. Aug 2018
    1. Don't shy away from these conversations even if they might be uncomfortable. As said, everyone has to help fix the fake news problem.

      It may be hard to talk about especially when your opinions are opposite of many other people around you. But this shouldn't stop you from helping them to understand their mistakes if you know for sure its fake news.

    2. Then, see who said the quotes

      Make sure you know who said what!

    3. The idea is that people should have a fundamental sense of media literacy. And based on a study recently released by Stanford University researchers, many people don't.

      How did they conduct this study? What groups of people were they studying to get this information?

    4. And when sites like DC Gazette share stories about people who allegedly investigated the Clinton family being found dead, the stories go viral and some people believe them. Again, these stories are not true in any way.

      The first think I thought about while reading this is the Petress article, and how this is an example of individuals not using critical thinking. Often times people believe wrong information without even fully understanding it in the first place.