Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Why you can't always rely on spell-checkers

While this image is a bit risque, it does make an important point about the limits of spell-checking software.


It seem clear from the context that the writer(s) of this add meant (I hope) "annually," but accidentally put the word "anally." I don't know if this is an autocorrect error, or just poor proofreading, but the upshot is that this is not a problem that a spell-checker would catch since the word "anally" is spelled correctly.

The main takeaway from this is that it is extremely important to proofread one's writing before submitting it. On a blog like this the occasional error is no big deal as I can go back and change it almost instantly, but for large scale ad campaigns, or when turning in essays to professors, one must take extra care to make sure that one's writing says exactly what one means it to.

h/t to Jim Mahler

Monday, May 14, 2018

Fake News!

This video gives a nice discussion of the ways in which fake news spreads through the Internet and social media.





As a follow up to the issues presented in the video, here is a more recent article from Politico which covers the same territory and reaches much the same conclusion.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Another Door Study

Here is another really good video about Inattentional Blindness and Change Blindness.


This video is particularly good because of the commentary from Daniel Simons, one of the main researchers of this phenomenon.

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Guide to Evaluating Media Sources

Here is a very interesting chart that is quite useful for evaluating sources:

Click on it to make it larger.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Someone doesn't understand the First Amendment

Here is a nice example of a Slippery Slope:

Billboard reads, "Attention: Lunatic Atheists and their Lawyers, Anti-God is Anti-American, Anti-American is Treason, Traitors lead to Civil War"



One of the oldest political tricks in the book

Here is a very nice example of a Red Herring from The Simpsons:


As we can see, Mayor Quimby is trying to distract the public from taxation issues by blaming immigrants for all their problems. Although this episode, "Much Apu About Nothing" originally aired in 1996, current political events reveal the extent to which this is, despite being fallacious, still an enormously effective political strategy.