Why Your Newsfeed Sucks - Smarter Every Day 212

  • Published: 17 March 2019
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Comments • 5 610

  • SmarterEveryDay
    SmarterEveryDay   5 months back

    Hey guys... this stuff is pretty serious to me. I want to be able to accurately discern truth in all that I do, so the techniques that Katy taught me here were super helpful. I hope you are able to use them as well. MediaWise has been using the hashtag #IsThisLegit across all social media, so tag them on Insta or Twitter (Where a lot of misinformation happens) and they'll get a team to help you figure it out. Also, the upcoming series I'm doing on Algorithmic Manipulation is going to be a very hardcore look into the inner workings of YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. I hope you'll subscribe (http://bit.ly/Subscribe2SED ) and consider watching this 3 part series with me. I've never done a series like this, so I hope you find it to be as fascinating as I have while doing the research. Thank you very much for watching my internets. I'm grateful.

    • Diann Espinoza
      Diann Espinoza  1 weeks back

      Destin! This is a resource I’m gonna use with my middle schoolers this year! Thank you so much!!!

    • #somelivesdontmatter sldm
      #somelivesdontmatter sldm  2 weeks back

      These are paid liars terrible terrible people

    • #somelivesdontmatter sldm
      #somelivesdontmatter sldm  2 weeks back

      You two are a page Hill and I don't like you no one believes you

    • BBM
      BBM  3 weeks back

      Get used to the fact that you will be wrong and will have to admit it at some point. You're trying to act as though you will always be able to discern Truth. You won't.

  • handicapitation
    handicapitation  14 hours back

    I laugh at people who go to Snopes to find out if something is true or not.

    • Ed Prothero
      Ed Prothero  2 days back

      You are a wonderful person. I wish more people would listen to you. I am 60 and so tired of all of the B.S. (sorry) in this crazy world. If EVERYBODY would just stop and think about their actions and DESIRES and realize what impact they have on the entire world, it would be a better place. The world is going to end because WE stopped caring for one another. Love you.

      • Rebel13
        Rebel13  2 days back

        Ahh, Google is very bias to start with! Real journalism is long dead, it is all hearsay, zero sources. Google journalism and fact check, give me a break, corporate-social media bias-power!

        • MegaMementoMori
          MegaMementoMori  3 days back

          Actually the problem of good and bad news was already discussed in ancient times. Once a man approached Socrates and said "Socrates! I must tell you something about one of your students!" "Wait a second!" - replied the philosopher - "before you say that, I have to run the information through a 3-step filter. Firstly, are you sure if it is true?" - "Well, no, I heard it from a guy who heard it from a guy..." - "All right then, if this information would be true, would it benefit me in some way?" - "No, I don't think so." - "Well then, does this information at least put my student in a good light?" - "No, on the contrary." - "So let me recapitulate. You don't know if your story is true, it would have no use to me and could falsely slander one of my students. Therefore, I do not wish to hear it."
          The above story shows that Socrates was a great philosopher. It also explains why he never learned that his wife had an affair with Plato.

          • beachbum77979
            beachbum77979  3 days back

            Thanks, this is important, at least to me. I'm commenting mostly to say thanks, but also to try to help increase activity and views for this and other videos you've posted. Thank you Destin and Katy. I too want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem...work for good, not evil...Labore pro Pacem...

            • Buckarooskiczek Productions

              Those 1K thumbs down? Russian bots!

              • Lui V
                Lui V  7 days back

                Whow! Great series. Very insightful and eye opening. I couldn't help but notices you missed an important aspect which most do when trying to solve an issue.The factor of human need to manage normal real life events.Going with what was said on the speed at which information/ads are generated far outweighing that of our speed to research before we post or retweet some piece, the fact that we can simply retweet something as easily as one click, while it could take hours to research one piece of news, would deter people from reposting anything. The ads and fake news will continue to proliferate and we continue stuck in the cycle of unreliable facts.

                I truly believe that it is up to the corporations which created such systems and cultivated a culture of fake unreliable information to prevent the ease of simply clicking once to repost something as well as continuing to improve their efforts to rid the media frequencies for false information. What they need to do is shut down the entire report capability until they can figure out how to overcome this problem.

                • Kevin Vitale
                  Kevin Vitale  1 weeks back

                  Thank you, thank you, thank you... for this video. I’m 61 and don’t do any social media... and I have totally given up on television news programs. So now I get frustrated with online news feeds. Trying to figuring out facts and truth, and truth unfortunately apparently a subjective thought.

                  Also... can we trust Google is not biased?

                  • Thx1138sober
                    Thx1138sober  1 weeks back

                    Do Not Use Twitter. Delete your account and ignore twitter, then you will a happier and mentally healthier person.

                    • Justin Duncombe
                      Justin Duncombe  1 weeks back

                      The fact the institute program was sponsored by google was immediately off putting considering google was recently exposed for trying to manipulate what they felt was even true in the first place. They want to make it so you only see what they think is true not was necessarily is, and many journalists feel the same way. Neither group is one I would give any consideration on how to judge truth given the current circumstances in in Google and journalism

                      • Julie Enslow
                        Julie Enslow  1 weeks back

                        My thanks go out to Mark Rober. He pointed me to your channel - and I love it. Of course I still love him, but I have to wait about a month between his posts. And you have a ton of content I can indulge myself thoroughly by watching/reading/learning and getting Smarter Every Day.. Loving it!!

                        • Jesse Petersen
                          Jesse Petersen  1 weeks back

                          I love your videos but this one’s my favorite. More influencers need to be encouraging people to seek the truth. Thank you Destin!

                          • Mindy McNamara
                            Mindy McNamara  1 weeks back

                            Very informative. Thank you !

                            • northernKaizer
                              northernKaizer  1 weeks back

                              well, there it is you finally got it i am subbed now after a couple of years just kinda watching when it struck a fancy i am subbed i like to read news a lot and i always am looking to see if things are accurate my wife will see things on social media and ill ask her if thats where she got it, if i get a yes, i go looking for its accurac. nice to see someone with some influence saying this

                              • francis chow
                                francis chow  1 weeks back

                                Google sucks, razorfist is noting that even a full title search of dame pesos viral mocking the young turks no longer works as expected, the suppression is real.

                                • Imperialism Expósed
                                  Imperialism Expósed  1 weeks back

                                  I can tell this video is fake because you are getting paid by someone to spew this nonsense. Maybe someone should investigate if you are fake news @smartereveryday ...

                                  • #somelivesdontmatter sldm

                                    Never watch CNN MSNBC or CBS

                                    • #somelivesdontmatter sldm

                                      Greatest president in US history Donald J TRUMP🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

                                      • #somelivesdontmatter sldm

                                        These people are telling you how to discern all the lies that they've been told about our President🇺🇸TRUMP2020🇺🇸

                                        • #somelivesdontmatter sldm

                                          Still someone telling you how to listen and learn LOL we'll take care of ourself you paid shill

                                          • #somelivesdontmatter sldm

                                            This is the biggest brainwashed video and last-ditch effort by The losers

                                            • #somelivesdontmatter sldm

                                              The failure is mainstream media....the fix is social media outlets...channel high impact vlogs....channel Mark Dice...channel OAN

                                              • #somelivesdontmatter sldm

                                                This man doesn't question NASA....DONT LISTEN TO THIS PAID SHILL

                                                • #somelivesdontmatter sldm

                                                  Do not get your news from mainstream... This is a scam video brainwash

                                                  • Dimo Markov
                                                    Dimo Markov  2 weeks back


                                                    • Derka Von Dangerkill
                                                      Derka Von Dangerkill  2 weeks back

                                                      You mean people would really go on the internet and lie??

                                                      • Derka Von Dangerkill
                                                        Derka Von Dangerkill  2 weeks back

                                                        "Supported by Google" . "Bias free reporting and fact control" . YOU MUST CHOOSE ONE. Google has already shown how biased they are and their willingness to lie to and profit off of the American People's private information. Google as a Monopoly needs to be destroyed, the fact corporations arent held accountable is why the problem started.

                                                        • Pablo Tomeo
                                                          Pablo Tomeo  2 weeks back

                                                          I think we should be teaching fact checking skills on school. Practicing with real content as Destin did in this video.

                                                          • DjLeonard14
                                                            DjLeonard14  2 weeks back

                                                            6:59 flat-earthers triggerred

                                                            • pattystomper1
                                                              pattystomper1  2 weeks back

                                                              I tried to weigh each side's opinion on an issue, but the problem is, when I listen to conservative radio, they're talking about one issue (and their argument makes sense), but when I listen to liberal radio, they're talking about a different issue (and their argument makes sense).
                                                              It's incredibly rare to hear a conservative opinion and a liberal opinion ON THE SAME TOPIC, back-to-back.
                                                              Except when they're having an insult fight, on the same program, so neither side actually addresses the issue at hand. Because then it's all "You're stupid" and "You're brainwashed", etc.
                                                              It leaves me wondering, "What happened to making a case for your viewpoint?"

                                                              • Norm Durkin
                                                                Norm Durkin  2 weeks back

                                                                ..believe nothing of what you hear and half of was you see... CNN IS FAKE NEWS.. CNN IS FAKE NEWS...CNN IS FAKE NEWS.. CNN IS FAKE NEWS...CNN IS FAKE NEWS.. CNN IS FAKE NEWS...

                                                                • sailingsolar
                                                                  sailingsolar  2 weeks back

                                                                  "The truth is somewhete in the middle" Except when one side is lying a d yhe other. In that case the truth is not somewhere in the middle. In the middle is not true but is on one side.

                                                                  • SteveAkaGoatpile
                                                                    SteveAkaGoatpile  2 weeks back

                                                                    Rule Number 1. Do not use social media. at all.
                                                                    Rule Number 2. do not watch/read News. its irrelevant to your life.

                                                                    • Jason Bequette
                                                                      Jason Bequette  2 weeks back

                                                                      All reputable sources offer good information. The problem is when you consume the story along with the facts.

                                                                      • Mupp Muppet
                                                                        Mupp Muppet  2 weeks back

                                                                        Ofcourse its biased when google is involved! Duh!

                                                                        • BBM
                                                                          BBM  3 weeks back

                                                                          One should be sceptical about a photo within a photo but accept something said by say, the Washington Post ? Insane.

                                                                          • Daniele Kirylo
                                                                            Daniele Kirylo  3 weeks back

                                                                            Very simple solution, news should be verified by 3d party service, like banks who verify payment transactions.

                                                                            • Mark Bisson
                                                                              Mark Bisson  3 weeks back

                                                                              Being smarter every day takes effort. Don't be lazy folks. There is a battle going on for our hearts and minds.

                                                                              • Derka Von Dangerkill
                                                                                Derka Von Dangerkill  2 weeks back

                                                                                "This is the information age. There is a battle going on for your mind. You are an infowarrior. If you're hearing this message, you are part of the resistance.

                                                                                -Alex Jones"
                                                                                -Michael Scott

                                                                            • Martin Madsen
                                                                              Martin Madsen  4 weeks back

                                                                              God it must be hard to stay true. 7M+ subs, staying focused requires effort. I love, don’t use that term a lot, love how information on this channel is consistently viewed through the prism of a logical mind.

                                                                              • Tom Harrison
                                                                                Tom Harrison  4 weeks back

                                                                                This is the most important and consequential topic of our day. More like this, Destin!

                                                                                • Leon Shield
                                                                                  Leon Shield  4 weeks back

                                                                                  A lot of times I would intentionally spread fake news to cause chaos. I enjoy watching people fight and watch. I guess I could be a psychopath.

                                                                                  • Leon Shield
                                                                                    Leon Shield  4 weeks back

                                                                                    What if you got completely away from social media and the news? What if you watch and see what this orange man does and says and make your own conclusions? I was a Facebook junkie and I was witnessing the psychological damage it was causing me.

                                                                                    • sputnut
                                                                                      sputnut  4 weeks back

                                                                                      Everyone should be required to watch this at least twice. Very important information for us all. One question, what is up with the red rocket thing above you map? It keeps changing...

                                                                                      • Terry Thompson
                                                                                        Terry Thompson  4 weeks back

                                                                                        The real issue is competition for dollars. COMPETITION. If we changed the system in such a manner that we could collaborate.. it would not be like this. Ultimately, shareholders of stock are in general trying to defeat the general public to prevent ordinary people from taking away their market share, so they can remain million and billionaires. Centralization and competition compared to decentralization and collaboration

                                                                                        • Here'smytake
                                                                                          Here'smytake  1 months back

                                                                                          This is the Trump era. The MSM (((media))) has been exposed for what it really is...mostly garbage. We are now deep into an American psychological civil war to split this country in half whether by design or not.

                                                                                          • K SC
                                                                                            K SC  1 months back

                                                                                            The scary problem is the overton window shift. There is a slow drift to the left, many MANY people don't know that the shift is occuring because it is everywhere now. Just beacuse there are "experts" in the field now does not mean they are right, either CNN or FOX are wrong because they state polar opposite findings multiple times a day. The method of reading from the left and the right no longer works beacuse things that are left biased are widespread compared to the right. Part of this shift is due to Google manipulating search data and hiding conservative viewpoints. Think about it, why would you trust a company with congressional accusations of bias to tell you what is not biased. The fact that mediawise is supported by Google means its left biased.

                                                                                            • Laurence Vanhelsuwe
                                                                                              Laurence Vanhelsuwe  1 months back

                                                                                              Can you imagine what would happen if climate deniers viewed this video (and understood it) ?