Truth Goggles

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 26, 2011

Andrew Sullivan wears flame resistant britches. There is a story at his place about a man who has developed software called truth goggles. It works in conjunction with a service called PolitiFact, and will highlight questionable verbiage.

You’re reading a wrap-up of the Sept. 22 Republican presidential debate when you land on this claim from Rep. Michele Bachmann: “President Obama has the lowest public approval ratings of any president in modern times.” Really? You start googling for evidence. Maybe you scour the blogs or the fact-checking sites. It takes work, all that critical thinking.
That’s why Dan Schultz … is building what he calls truth goggles — not actual magical eyewear, alas, but software that flags suspicious claims in news articles and helps readers determine their truthiness. It’s possible because of a novel arrangement: Schultz struck a deal with fact-checker PolitiFact for access to its private APIs.
If you had the truth goggles installed and came across Bachmann’s debate claim, the suspicious sentence might be highlighted. You would see right away that the congresswoman’s pants were on fire. And you could explore the data to discover that Bachmann, in fact, wears some of the more flammable pants in politics.

The POTUS approval rating is a meaningless statistic. The veracity of PAR is suspect. If a person tells a lie, about a lie, is that double negative the truth?
The only certain truth is that people tell lies. Attempts to scientifically measure truth are highly problematic. Even if truth goggles were installed on every media device, there would be an issue whether to use a liberal or conservative database. Maybe you should to learn how to think.
Pictures from The Library of Congress . Text is profanity free.

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  1. Dan Schultz said, on November 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    You hit the nail on the head — that’s why this tool is designed not to tell you what is true or false, but to remind people to do exactly what you have called for: think.

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