How to read the news? STOP reading daily coverage! Anti-fake news TUTORIAL

There’s too many events of relatively equal
importance for a human being to follow. As one of the effects of globalization, topics
are wider, influenced by more variables than ever, and they never stop developing. One of the reasons you’ve been lured into
this vicious circle is because the newspaper organizations advertise to you that reading
their daily coverage is the best way to be informed, when it’s really not. By the words of our brother Denzel himself:
It’s mostly newspaper’s incapacity to adapt to digital revolution that exploded
basically still just a decade ago with the arrival of social media and mobile computing. You shouldn’t read daily news and expect
to be objectively informed on the random topics someone else chose for you. With the current overflow of information and
old newspaper format, the best outcomes of this are confusion, misinformation, and geographical
bias based on one cultural view of issues. So what should you do to be as objectively
informed as possible about what’s truly important in the world of ones and zeros? Let’s get to this strategy that will hopefully
make it easier for you to make sense of the chaotic mess we tend to call Earth. Stick to a short range of issues that are
of most interest to you and start educating yourself about them. It’s impossible to be uniformly informed
about every topic. Pick whichever ones suit your preferences
and interests the best, regardless of their supposed real world significance. For example, I only have three topics that
I follow regularly – international security, digital rights, and economics. It’s important to stay with the same topic
for a while until you get educated enough about it so that you are immune to misinformation. So the next time you read an article about
how rogue a foreign government is, and how important it is to take military action, by
that time you would have had enough knowledge to make up your own mind using information
you learned before. So when it comes to a concrete international
security issue that I don’t have prior satisfactory knowledge of when an event happens, I first
look at newspaper headlines, then pick a couple of different articles. I try to understand the background of all
the actors involved, what stakes they have in, and how they can profit from what they
are advocating for. Everybody pursues their own interests, which
also means they will always criticize their counter-parts. The best way to learn the whole picture is
to hear what both competing sides have to say about one another. The best rule of thumb is to always follow
the money. Try to find out who gets what when certain
action takes place. If an article you just read didn’t tell
you, comb through some other pieces until you find your evidence. I try to reach conclusions on whether the
actions advocated for should be taken or not. This really helps to evaluate what candidates
you can rationally align yourself with in the upcoming elections. The bigger picture is always more important
than daily events that make it into the news. It’s more fruitful to dig deeper into the
topics by reading independent analysis and reports on the subject. But because newspapers still offer you centuries
old format, you are left do this on your own. For example, you can read worldwide reports
on what insurance systems work best comparing health care with other countries in the world. Any article doing this for you would be merely
an opinion reflecting the views of the shareholders that just happen to be lobbying for a legislation
benefiting them the most. One hint to judge an article is to see if
they allow comments and ratings. If they don’t, it’s most likely because
they don’t want to be exposed to criticism for a reason they don’t want to tell. Another good lead is whether they allow an
article to be read without subscription or logged in account. If they don’t, it probably means they want
to narrow down their exposure only to their followers and not potential critics from outside
of their readers’ base. You should never take an organization as a
trust-worthy source for information because – People have agenda and agendas change. It always comes down to the authors and editors. Sometimes, even elitist media can have writers
producing good articles. The New York Times boasts with the most Pulitzer
Prize winners. That doesn’t guarantee the entire organization’s
integrity. You could make a selection of sources like:
International Business Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Intercept, The LA Times,
Business Insider, and the Drudge Report. But really the best way is to first look at
the headlines and then independently search for information using DuckDuckGo. Google can’t be trusted with news searches
by any standard at this point. Using multiple search engines can only partly
solve this problem though. A great way to search for different viewpoints
is to use Reddit. You can browse Reddit without an account and
you can always find anonymous views from people from all walks of life. There is always a subreddit community devoted
to every world view on the planet, so take advantage of that. Read the comments under articles if the news
site allow them. When an important event emerges, having a
digital newspaper subscription doesn’t serve the need to get objective coverage. Instead, the best way is to look at the headlines
from various sites and see what angle they are trying to cover it from. It’s good to pick at least three articles
on the same event from completely different viewpoints. For example, if you read an analysis of the
French election on the New York Times, you shouldn’t expect challenging view from the
Washington Post. It’s great to seek foreign sources that
write in English. There’s a strong geographical bias in the
Western reporting, just like any geographical area for that matter. Geographical bias general represents an effect
when majority or all sources forming a conclusion are civilizationally homogeneous, which most
likely suggests they didn’t take enough counter points into consideration. No event occurs isolated from the rest of
the globalized world, so no objective study should be isolated from other viewpoints. I also don’t like listening to politicians
speaking. They don’t usually say much of a substance
and they usually express their intentions most clearly in text anyway. This can be found via simple headline or directly
from their policy statements. I rather focus on the substance of the issue
at hand and try to make up my own mind about what the leaders are trying to convince me
of. Take for example France’s former president,
Francois Hollande, and his act of war speech, after ISIS attacked civilians in Paris. What does depicting someone’s action as
an act of war imply? That you’ve been dragged into a war and
now have to defensively respond accordingly. It’s a subliminal call for justification
of a military action, without using words “military” or “intervention” altogether. Politicians are life action figures to tell
you what you want to hear to get your consent on what you don’t want them to do. Luckily, you can always rely on following
the money and incentives principle. There’s always someone who profits from
dumping expensive military equipment and ammunition into conflict zones. And there are always regards that need to
be sent to the folks fighting for influence on our behalf. So to sum it up – what should you do to
dig some objective gold from a piles of dirty fake news? Prioritize topics that matter the most to
you based on your interests, knowledge, and profession
It’s better to know a lot about a few things that you can stand for effectively, than know
little bit about a lot of topics and be confused about the little sense they make. People react to incentives so follow the money
and it’ll get you far. Always ask yourself who would benefit from
a suggested outcome and start digging. Focus on the bigger picture and don’t worry
about daily coverage. You don’t have to follow everything. Always go for the counter point, even if you
agree with what you learned about – read criticism, comments, and diversify your sources. Get some help from Reddit or other online
forums. Politicians always lie, so that you don’t
believe the truth. But you can find the truth if you apply all
the previous points in
the analysis.

24 thoughts on “How to read the news? STOP reading daily coverage! Anti-fake news TUTORIAL”

  1. Hello, folks! I thought I might share my way of getting the truth from a pile lies. Over my studies, I have developed pretty effective ways on how to stay immune to hoaxes and misinformation. How do you get your information in order to be as objective as possible?

  2. well said, i do similar strategy to devine truth from MSM misinfo and propaganda. it amazes me the west is blind to russian deep alliance with worlds worst dictators, syria, north korea, etc, the list goes on. but yet nothing in west media.

  3. Turning ad block off allaws cold corperations to lock in your PC cousing spyware & performance lag . scan your PC with Malarebites ads threat removerto see what I mean .
    The youtuber gets paid peanuts for ads . . Its a dirty game

  4. how did you get the search results in DuckDuckGo in panels/tiles instead of list view? (I can't find that setting, is it a plugin?)

  5. Have you tried this app called newsvoice ? Basically what it does is that it shows same news from multiple sources (left,right, independent) at the same time, so you can compare them simultaneously.

  6. You've got a sub from me , I know it's not much, but I hope it helps. You're one of the few YouTubes they produce quality and informative content.

  7. Hunting for news on reddit is the worst thing you can do if you look for multiple points of view, as reddit is openly leftist and it's actively censored by moderators and admins.

    I recommend to pick a few news sites with opposing views, even from multiple countries if possible, then just use critical thinking to decide if any of them speaks the truth about the same event.

  8. I have to say, I really like the knowledge you are spreading, I am sure that all this material needs a lot of research and time, I think this channel is really under appreciated(probably due to y0utub3 algorithm).
    Man I learn so much in here, I switched to linux, ditched g00gl3 chrome, ditch entire g00gl3 services (email in transition), mostly using FOSS, rooted phone in order to switch to F-droid. I have to tell you, contrary to what people may think, your message help people change.

    I wanted to put this comment particularly in this video because I wanted to pay back your favors. See I am a muslim, and I feel I am in a blessing that I like to share with people, you seem to be a reasonable person who does not get fooled by the media (what I learned from this video), I hope you consider the religion of Islam contrary to what the media and the big corporations want you to believe. Islam is the only religion in the world that teaches true monotheism, and the only religion based on scientific evidence and does not ask you to believe blindly, I hope you do the research (read a good translation of the coran, read the biography of the prophet pboh …) .

    If you have questions I would be delightful to answer in the comments or from messages.

  9. Hi hated one,

    Interesting channel, found you in relation to some videos on linux I was researching this morning.

    I've subscribed and am looking forward to future uploads of yours. However, I do want to leave my feedback addressing your take on the topic covered in this video, as well as your delivery in it.

    When determining accuracy and trustworthiness when doing research, It seems like one could summarize your approach as favoring the messenger authoring and publishing the message, over the message itself. That is, the identity of the individual or organization offer atleast enough judgement factors for one to arrive at some early certainties regarding the contents accuracy rating as a whole, before getting into the content itself.

    Also, it seems like the practice of pursuing a diverse and even competing set of sources is encouraged.


    If so, I have some strong disagreements with the first part, the messenger vs. the message component. I get the impression that your position is somewhat cynical and dismissive, which could perhaps lead to errors of fundamental attribution at times.

    Lastly, there were a few assertions made in this video that you did not offer any substantiating details to convince some of your audience on the claim being made.

    For example, Why is google not to be trusted at all relating to news? There was zero detail packaged with this statement. I am curious if it is a claim being made by emotion, rather than data that would be available. Also, the statement that politicians just lie so they can get what they want from the public, has me again, skeptical of uour sentiment driven by more attitude/emotion than factual information. At the very least, the sentence could use some sharpening up to more constructively and accurately represent the claim of degrees of distrust in certain positions or people.

    Let me know if I'm off the mark or not. Interesting topic and as a content creator myself I cant help but be drawn to discussion/debate around it. I hope you see and respond to this eventually !

  10. actually reddit communities hate anyone and everyone who doesn't conform to their most popular sub-reddit opinion

  11. 4:12 "There is always a subreddit community devoted to every worldview on the planet."

    Not true in 2019. Reddit has cracked down hard on dissidents and reactionaries so that now only propaganda is allowed on their site. There are exceptions of course, but most of the still reliable communities have either been quarantined or banned.

  12. Weird i was just thinking about how to read news faster so i can win the comment war with something i dont know lol

  13. Depending on the site and chance itself, I often find as much info or truth in the comments. Some of the commenters give me more faith in humanity than journalsim as a whole does. Conglomerates run most all media now-a-days. Even the small newspaper in the small town I used to live in had to write his articles in order not to alienate his advertisers.

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