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Media Mind looks at the "why"s and "how"s of media messages: why they take the form they do, how they spread, and how we make sense of them to form a picture of our world. But these days, media isn't just newspapers and TV: it's you and me. Media Mind will look, too, at how we communicate with each other - and how we can do it better. A column by Tamar Wilner.

From Mallets to Chisels: Good Journalism, Bad Journalism, and Fake News

From Mallets to Chisels: Good Journalism, Bad Journalism, and Fake News

by Tamar Wilner
Media Mind
November 6, 2017

Ever since “fake news” became an inescapable phrase in late 2016, journalism professionals familiar with misinformation have made a point of defining the term carefully. But some academics and journalists seem confused.

How to Talk about Conflict of Interest

How to Talk about Conflict of Interest

by Tamar Wilner
Media Mind
October 5, 2016

Most medical meta-studies are either unnecessary, misleading, or wrong

Attack of the 12-Foot Rats: Why Bad Math Runs Rampant

Attack of the 12-Foot Rats: Why Bad Math Runs Rampant

by Tamar Wilner
Media Mind
June 15, 2016

Another reason why we don’t fact-check math: there’s a tendency to ascribe truthiness to a claim with numbers in it.

Five Things I Learned Writing about Stanislaw Burzynski

Five Things I Learned Writing about Stanislaw Burzynski

by Tamar Wilner
Media Mind
March 10, 2016

“Newsweek published my feature about the cancer doctor Stanislaw Burzynski, who’s facing potential license revocation... And I got a reminder of how hard it is to write about controversial health issues.”

Trump-Rage: How Political Anger Clouds Our Thinking

Trump-Rage: How Political Anger Clouds Our Thinking

by Tamar Wilner
Media Mind
January 4, 2016

The solution is not to seek some Platonic ideal of pure rationality, which is neither achievable nor desirable. Anger, managed correctly, can drive ethical action. The key is to focus on the informational content of those anger states and find the most effective ways to fashion and spread correctives.

Science Surveyor and the Quest for Consensus

Science Surveyor and the Quest for Consensus

by Tamar Wilner
Media Mind
November 17, 2015

Why do journalists insist on trumpeting the findings of the latest, anomalous study-ignoring the weight of all the evidence that came before?

Online Tools for Skeptical Fact Checking

Online Tools for Skeptical Fact Checking

by Tamar Wilner
Media Mind
August 24, 2015

While we’re arguably awash in more misinformation than ever before, online media have also enabled tools and sources that help us evaluate dubious claims.