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(adj.) being in a state in which one is utterly and completely unable to distinguish fact from fiction
(adj.) being in a state in which one is utterly and completely unable to distinguish fact from fiction

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Could the earth’s weakening magnetic field kill “tens to hundreds of millions of people in the next few decades,” as YouTuber Ben Davidson (Suspicious0bservers) claims? No, says the solar physicist behind the YouTube channel, Space Weather. In the video,…
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Chances are you’ve seen it online, it’s something that’s become more socially acceptable yet is seldom fact-checked or scrutinized as thoroughly as it should be: cyber begging or Internet Panhandling. To say that cyberbegging has become more socially…
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The current state of blogging on WordPress leaves a lot to be desired. In addition to the daily posting spamming of inane writing prompts, there are all manner of “writers” who offer up writing advice… for a price. Spoiler Alert: there is nothing that…
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This blog post will focus on the impact that “sockpuppet accounts” can have on online discourse between members of the public and niche audiences led by private individuals with vested interests. This is going to be an introduction to the darker side of…
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This blog post is going to examine just one example of Ben Davidson’s (Suspicious0bservers) use of “motivated reasoning” during his “Live Debate” that turned into a private Skype “discussion” with the science journalist Peter Hadfield (Potholer54). It’s…
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This is the second part of the transcript from science journalist Peter Hadfield’s (Potholer54’s) video “Discussion with Suspicious Observers,” which was supposed to be a “Live Debate” that turned into a private Skype “discussion” with the YouTuber Ben…
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The science journalist Peter Hadfield (Potholer54) just released a new video on YouTube that reveals the first part of his “live debate” that turned into a “private Skype discussion” with the YouTuber Ben Davidson (Suspicious0bservers). Be sure to check…
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The new “Favorite Writing Scenes” blog series is going to examine some of my favorite scenes from film and television that are about either: writers or the writing process. Each installment in this blog series will analyze a single scene (clip) by…
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In addition to being the home of cute puppy photos and millions of cat videos, the Internet can also be a house of horrors when someone uses it for the purpose of trolling, stalking or harassing another individual. While a crackdown on cyber-bullying…
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It’s a simple fact that a user of social media is more likely to interact with, and share, content if it looks like other users are doing the same. But what we now have to consider is whether those other initial interactions are even real, or if we’re…
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