Extreme and Divisive Content and Engagement
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Post No.: 0988   Furrywisepuppy says:   A couple of likeminded people gossiping and grrriping on the phone can reinforce each other’s vitriolic feelings about whom or what they’re barking and bitching about. This essentially happens on online social media … Read More

The Advertisers are the Customers, You are the Product
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Post No.: 0980   Fluffystealthkitten says:   ‘Platform capitalism’ in a platform economy is about businesses that provide a hardware and/or software platform where other actors can conduct their own business. Alphabet, Meta, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, eBay, Valve, PayPal, Uber, … Read More

Just Be Yourself, or Better Yourself?
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Post No.: 0953   Fluffystealthkitten says:   I wish to talk about a piece of advice we often hear – ‘just be yourself’. It’s a common tip shared by many popular public figures. It’s indeed important to be yourself, your … Read More

Secrets and Clandestine Global Organisations
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Post No.: 0940   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Conspiracy theories are those conjectures that haven’t transitioned into becoming categorically proven truths via the preponderance of evidence.   Numerous personnel are involved in something big. Do you believe it’s feasible that new … Read More

Media Article Corrections and Retractions
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Post No.: 0921   Furrywisepuppy says:   A good academic paper will acknowledge the limitations of its own study, such as the assumptions made and relied upon, any missing data, the participant dropout rate and reasons, the lack of single … Read More

Seemingly Contradictory Findings
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Post No.: 0908   Furrywisepuppy says:   The media, and we as media consumers, can occasionally perceive that some findings in science are perpetually tenuous, contradictory and ‘probably going to change again soon’ i.e. science seemingly ‘saying one thing one … Read More

Reading Beyond the Headlines
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Post No.: 0891   Furrywisepuppy says:   It’s vital to read beyond the headlines and understand the details (ideally of the original academic papers or references) when reading science news e.g. when gathering calorie consumption versus BMI data, some people … Read More

Journalists and Journalistic Pressures
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Post No.: 0881   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Journalists are typically rushed with tight deadlines. Word limits are useful but can be constraining. And they must follow the market forces of supply and demand.   One consequence of the latter is … Read More

Free Speech on Social Media Platforms
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Post No.: 0865   Fluffystealthkitten says:   All sides of a conflict will spread its own propaganda to one degree or another because wars aren’t just kinetic wars but information wars. The originators and disseminators of propaganda nowadays aren’t just … Read More

Reputation Laundering or Washing
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Post No.: 0842   Furrywisepuppy says:   International sporting competitions are always political because countries and borders are themselves political rather than are natural constructs. Countries don’t arise from nature but as a result of groups of people forming separate … Read More

Can We Always Be Absolutely Certain?
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Post No.: 0821   Furrywisepuppy says:   If we want to ask if a certain drug is more effective than a placebo for relieving joint pain, we should at least ask what’s the population (who’s being studied e.g. elderly people … Read More

The Problems with Publish or Perish
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Post No.: 0800   Furrywisepuppy says:   According to good practice – a scientific study should, beforehand, declare its hypothesis, research design, instruments and materials, procedures and protocols, data management strategy, coding, and statistical analysis plan. All captured data and … Read More

The Formula for the Perfect Recipe!
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Post No.: 0776   Furrywisepuppy says:   Too many laypeople conflate ‘the use of high-tech equipment’ with ‘doing science’ i.e. that someone is being scientific merely because they’re using a fancy scanner or some gadget with flashing lights.   The … Read More

Anyone Can Broadcast Their Views Nowadays, for Better or Worse
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Post No.: 0749   Furrywisepuppy says:   Although non-private social media channels are open to anyone who wishes to follow them (apart from due to selected government censorships or state-wide firewalls in certain countries), it doesn’t mean people online are … Read More

Regression to the Mean, as in the Average
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Post No.: 0742   Furrywisepuppy says:   ‘Regression to the mean’ isn’t about how your significant other’s behaviour reverts back to cruelty once your birthday is over. It’s about how, if you’ve just had an extreme result, the next result … Read More

The Revisionism of Events to Suit One’s Side
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Post No.: 0737   Furrywisepuppy says:   Illegitimate historical revisionism (or negationism) and denying acts of atrocity that one’s side had committed is a function of cognitive dissonance, whereby most people believe that they and their own side/ingroup (e.g. forebears) … Read More

But You Would Say That Though!
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Post No.: 0721   Furrywisepuppy says:   Magazines and journals are typically partisan towards their particular industries. Don’t ever show that the industry you fundamentally depend on is stagnating or cannot justify its own existence – keep hyping up products, … Read More

The Survivorship Bias and Those We Don’t Hear From
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Post No.: 0707   Furrywisepuppy says:   The ‘survivorship bias’ or ‘survival bias’ is a type of selection bias. It’s the error of focusing on the people/things that made it past some selection process while ignoring those who/that didn’t; usually … Read More

A Review on Whether We Can Trust Customer Reviews
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Post No.: 0697   Furrywisepuppy says:   Honest reviewers behave altruistically because they voluntarily spend a little of their own furry time to pass benefits onto others because they inform others and keep retailers and manufacturers themselves honest – which … Read More

The Paparazzi Through a Lens
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Post No.: 0684   Fluffystealthkitten says:   The paparazzi are independent photographers who take pictures of well-known people, usually while the latter go about their normal life routines. The paparazzi then try to sell these photographs to media outlets – … Read More

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