Being a media consumer is tough.
The Internet is full of statements and opinions. We're bombarded with them every day.
How do you decide what's true?
What goes through your head when I say that our government right now is spending 40 percent more than what we take in? Here's another fun fact: because of the new health care law, 17 million kids can no longer be denied for a pre-existing condition.
When you see these types of statements in the wild you don't always stop to think about them. You simply don't have the time. As you consume information you wind up skimming over some claims and focusing on others. When you focus you probably reach a conclusion based on the information at hand: a mix of what you already believe and what information is presented by the author. Your conclusion will be very connected to how the content was framed, how well it was written, and how strongly you believe whatever it is you believed.
Often you'll resort to making a judgement call based on what you've seen and heard in the past. Whether you admit it or not, you probably let your own ideologies get in the way. This is perfectly normal.
Having a world view based on accurate information is incredibly important. Democracy simply can't work if the public is misinformed. You're the only person who can be trusted to decide what to believe, you just have to remember to give the truth a fighting chance. This is why I'm working on Truth Goggles, a tool that will help you take a few moments to think when the time is right. It works right in the web browser.
You should activate Truth Goggles right now.
Are the fastened properly? Great! Now I bet you can totally believe me when I say that Republican-leaning states get more in federal dollars than they pay in taxes. You get the idea.
The point of Truth Goggles isn't to tell you what to think, it's to remind you when it's time. It works elsewhere on the internet, but you probably won't find many matches yet. For more information please check out truthgoggl.es