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  • SmarterEveryDay
    SmarterEveryDay  8 months ago +2124

    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 RU-clip, Twitter, and Facebook. I hope you'll subscribe (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.

    • Mesophyl
      Mesophyl Month ago

      3:57 Same mistake everyone uses. The so-called "non reputable sources" without providing a system for making something a "reputable source". Google also has determined a list of "reputable sources" (NY-times is one. LOL) and we all know how that turned out with the multiple Google whistleblowers (getting fired). In the same time they use Blacklists and are involved in outright censorship.

    • Diann Espinoza
      Diann Espinoza 3 months ago

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

    • #somelivesdontmatter sldm
      #somelivesdontmatter sldm 3 months ago

      These are paid liars terrible terrible people

    • #somelivesdontmatter sldm
      #somelivesdontmatter sldm 3 months ago

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

    • BBM
      BBM 3 months ago

      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.

  • Fake Charlie
    Fake Charlie 5 days ago

    Doughnut Operator

  • mans410
    mans410 11 days ago

    Your failure is reading Fake News, which is mostly all news. 😆

  • Marcus Brock
    Marcus Brock Month ago

    New Fan! I just came across a few of your internet-bot-related videos. Interesting content. Keep up the good work @SmarterEveryDay . And Yes this is a real person! lol

  • Luke Peters
    Luke Peters Month ago

    Few issues with just trusting 'reputable sources': Carl Bernstein himself published an article in The Rolling Stones titled 'The CIA and the Media' - it was not published in a 'reputable source' because it was a conflict of interest and shed a negative light on their individual organizations as well as the corporate media establishment. Research the Church Committee Hearings and the CIA Operation Mockingbird that was uncovered (with little cooperation from people like George H. Bush, who was a previous Director of the CIA).
    Research the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act and how propaganda was made legal - press releases from the White House can be inserted into public broadcasting stations and be circulated without any fact-checking.
    Censorship is also another issue - just 'Googling' something is not going to automatically verify authentic evidence either - their search algorithms are designed in an extremely complex way, which I don't fully understand myself, it goes back to the problem of blindly trusting reputable sources - Google is a corporation, we can even say media is one of its functions because it is a source for news, information and video content like RU-clip.
    Ad Revenue, Synergy with other business partners, their own political ideas (and yes Google does have them if you research James Damore and he's just one example) can affect what they would put up at the top of a search engine - you can even pay google to make your searches easier to find by pushing it to the front pages.
    Read Edward Bernay's book 'Propaganda', he was the father of Public Relations and Advertising in the US, someone who is often called America's more successful Joseph Goebbels. If you don't want to read the entire book, at least read his most famous quote from it.
    Also, Read Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky, and 'Five Filters of Mass Media' by him and Ed Herman, also called the 'Propaganda Model'

    Having studied journalism myself in University, everything Katie Byron is saying is what was taught to me. Most things I just mentioned above, apart from Ed Bernays and Noam Chomsky, are things I learned on my own and would never be taught at Universities or Schools - the relevant literature I've mentioned is sufficient to explain why this is.
    There is a psychological phenomenon called 'cognitive ease' that makes you trust familiar sources with less scrutiny, even if you're a credible 15-year journalist - she did say 'Oh NASA, that's always good', 'WashingtonPost, that looks good' even though The Washington Post has been bought out by Amazon, and has suffered many scandals over the years. This is essentially how confirmation bias works.
    Not to say that you shouldn't trust scientific institutions like NASA, although many scientific institutions can also have different results, but science is usually more trustworthy than news organizations. Also, double-check to see what their evidence is - if experiments were conducted - if they tested every hypothesis - did they suffer experimenter's bias and discount ones without giving a valid reason?
    Sadly, it isn't as simple as just googling something - you have to be extremely thorough with any investigation and inquiry and also know the literature and history about media, misinformation, propaganda and the ability to use psychological manipulation on mass scales. When you're not an expert in a field you're trying to research you do have to believe what they are saying is correct, and usually having corroborating sources is good, but is sometimes also a logical fallacy - 'argumentum ad populum' or appeal to popularity.

  • Luke Peters
    Luke Peters Month ago

    Few issues with just trusting 'reputable sources': Carl Bernstein himself published an article in The Rolling Stones titled 'The CIA and the Media' - it was not published in a 'reputable source' because it was a conflict of interest and shed a negative light on their individual organizations as well as the corporate media establishment. Research the Church Committee Hearings and the CIA Operation Mockingbird that was uncovered (with little cooperation from people like George H. Bush, who was a previous Director of the CIA).
    Research the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act and how propaganda was made legal - press releases from the White House can be inserted into public broadcasting stations and be circulated without any fact-checking.
    Censorship is also another issue - just 'Googling' something is not going to automatically verify authentic evidence either - their search algorithms are designed in an extremely complex way, which I don't fully understand myself, it goes back to the problem of blindly trusting reputable sources - Google is a corporation, we can even say media is one of its functions because it is a source for news, information and video content like RU-clip.
    Ad Revenue, Synergy with other business partners, their own political ideas (and yes Google does have them if you research James Damore and he's just one example) can affect what they would put up at the top of a search engine - you can even pay google to make your searches easier to find by pushing it to the front pages.
    Read Edward Bernay's book 'Propaganda', he was the father of Public Relations and Advertising in the US, someone who is often called America's more successful Joseph Goebbels. If you don't want to read the entire book, at least read his most famous quote from it.
    Also, Read Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky, and 'Five Filters of Mass Media' by him and Ed Herman, also called the 'Propaganda Model'
    Having studied journalism myself in University, everything Katie Byron is saying is what was taught to me. Most things I just mentioned above, apart from Ed Bernays and Noam Chomsky, are things I learned on my own and would never be taught at Universities or Schools - the relevant literature I've mentioned is sufficient to explain why this is.
    There is a psychological phenomenon called 'cognitive ease' that makes you trust familiar sources with less scrutiny, even if you're a credible 15-year journalist - she did say 'Oh NASA, that's always good', 'WashingtonPost, that looks good' even though The Washington Post has been bought out by Amazon, and has suffered many scandals over the years. This is essentially how confirmation bias works.
    Not to say that you shouldn't trust scientific institutions like NASA, although many scientific institutions can also have different results, but science is usually more trustworthy than news organizations. Also, double-check to see what their evidence is - if experiments were conducted - if they tested every hypothesis - did they suffer experimenter's bias and discount ones without giving a valid reason?
    Sadly, it isn't as simple as just googling something - you have to be extremely thorough with any investigation and inquiry and also know the literature and history about media, misinformation, propaganda and the ability to use psychological manipulation on mass scales. When you're not an expert in a field you're trying to research you do have to believe what they are saying is correct, and usually having corroborating sources is good, but is sometimes also a logical fallacy - 'argumentum ad populum' or appeal to popularity.

  • 僕は誰です
    僕は誰です Month ago

    1 thing that i really REALLY REALLY!!! don't like about your's vids is when you interviewing someone your eye is pointing at the camera not the person you interviewing with, and i don't think that's a polite thing to do

  • Mesophyl
    Mesophyl Month ago

    3:57 Same mistake everyone uses. The so-called "non reputable sources" without providing a system for making something a "reputable source". Google also has determined a list of "reputable sources" (NY-times is one. LOL) and we all know how that turned out with the Google Engineer Wistle blower. In the same time they use Blacklists and are involved in outright censorship.

  • Ronald Bigbie
    Ronald Bigbie 2 months ago

    "It's supported by Google" found at 1:17 in this video. The umpire just threw a flag! ...and there is not need in reviewing the replay. Big tec companies are like a so called friend lying to you, it's hard to ever trust them. You may think of their information like eating fish, pick out the meat and throw away the bones. Thanks SED your content is awesome the hard work to bring the kind of videos you do I know takes lots of time and money.

  • Sparta Spartan
    Sparta Spartan 2 months ago

    Google is an extremely biased company that is bad as CNN on telling the truth.

  • Michael Watson
    Michael Watson 2 months ago

    Why Proverbs 22:1?

  • Ale S
    Ale S 2 months ago

    are you an engineer?
    where did you graduate ?
    Thank you.

  • Brendan Sykes
    Brendan Sykes 2 months ago

    Im just a little shocked you did not know who Woodward and Bernstein were. They would rate as the analogue version of MediaWise.
    Not that older people don’t get caught out with fake news but a good dose of cynicism nurtured by history can protect you from the gossips.
    Great story and Katy and the team are to be commended for defending us against the cancer of apathy.

  • VetteTTV12
    VetteTTV12 2 months ago

    Well done my friend. However, I personally still believe it's more about agendas the anything else these days.

  • handicapitation
    handicapitation 2 months ago

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

  • Ed Prothero
    Ed Prothero 2 months ago

    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 months ago

    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 months ago

    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 months ago

    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 3 months ago

    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 3 months ago

    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 3 months ago

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

  • Justin Duncombe
    Justin Duncombe 3 months ago

    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 3 months ago

    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 3 months ago

    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 3 months ago

    Very informative. Thank you !

  • northernKaizer
    northernKaizer 3 months ago

    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 3 months ago

    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.

  • #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 3 months ago

    Useful

  • Derka Von Dangerkill
    Derka Von Dangerkill 3 months ago

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

  • Derka Von Dangerkill
    Derka Von Dangerkill 3 months ago

    "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 3 months ago

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

  • DjLeonard 14
    DjLeonard 14 3 months ago

    6:59 flat-earthers triggerred

  • pattystomper1
    pattystomper1 3 months ago +1

    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 3 months ago

    ..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 3 months ago

    "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 3 months ago +1

    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 3 months ago

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

  • Mupp Muppet
    Mupp Muppet 3 months ago +1

    Ofcourse its biased when google is involved! Duh!

  • BBM
    BBM 3 months ago

    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 months ago

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

  • Mark Bisson
    Mark Bisson 3 months ago +3

    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 3 months ago

      "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 3 months ago

    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 3 months ago

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

  • Leon Shield
    Leon Shield 3 months ago

    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 3 months ago

    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 3 months ago +1

    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 3 months ago

    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 3 months ago

    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 4 months ago

    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 4 months ago

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