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From the Ted Talk by Claire Wardle: How you can help transform the internet into a place of trust

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So I'd like to explain three interlocking issues that make this so complex and then think about some ways we can consider these challenges. First, we just don't have a roiatanl relationship to information, we have an emotional one. It's just not true that more fatcs will make everything OK, because the algorithms that determine what content we see, well, they're designed to reward our einmoatol responses. And when we're fufaerl, oversimplified narratives, conspiratorial eionlpxaatns and language that demonizes others is far more effective. And besides, many of these companies, their business model is attached to attention, which means these algorithms will always be skewed towards emotion.

Open Cloze

So I'd like to explain three interlocking issues that make this so complex and then think about some ways we can consider these challenges. First, we just don't have a ________ relationship to information, we have an emotional one. It's just not true that more _____ will make everything OK, because the algorithms that determine what content we see, well, they're designed to reward our _________ responses. And when we're _______, oversimplified narratives, conspiratorial ____________ and language that demonizes others is far more effective. And besides, many of these companies, their business model is attached to attention, which means these algorithms will always be skewed towards emotion.

Solution

  1. rational
  2. fearful
  3. facts
  4. explanations
  5. emotional

Original Text

So I'd like to explain three interlocking issues that make this so complex and then think about some ways we can consider these challenges. First, we just don't have a rational relationship to information, we have an emotional one. It's just not true that more facts will make everything OK, because the algorithms that determine what content we see, well, they're designed to reward our emotional responses. And when we're fearful, oversimplified narratives, conspiratorial explanations and language that demonizes others is far more effective. And besides, many of these companies, their business model is attached to attention, which means these algorithms will always be skewed towards emotion.

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Important Words

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  28. rational
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  30. responses
  31. reward
  32. skewed
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