Critical Thinking About Digital Media: The Bubble of Confirmation Bias, 1st Edition

  • Alex Acks
  • Published By: Enslow Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1978504489
  • ISBN-13: 9781978504486
  • DDC: 302.23
  • Grade Level Range: 7th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 80 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released September 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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Confirmation bias is the tendency of people to interpret, remember, and specifically seek out information that confirms beliefs they already have. It's part of how the human brain works. Being aware of its existence and how it can creep into your life is the best defense. A growing feeder of confirmation bias in the modern world is the internet, particularly social media, where it's easy to surround yourself with a bubble of like-minded people. In this text we will explore the ways that the social media bubble encourages confirmation bias, and how to combat it.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Other Frontmatter.
1: A Brief History of Confirmation Bias.
2: Social Media Algorithms and Confirmation Bias.
3: Creating Your Own Bias Bubble.
4: News, “Fake News,” and Confirmation Bias.
5: The Spread of “Fake News” on Social Media.
6: When Social Media and the Real World Collide.
Chapter Notes.
Further Reading.