Our Mission: Rebuilding Trust in Digital Media
Every day, information providers like CNN and Fox News publish thousands of articles that are read by millions of people. These articles are what shape our understanding of politics, sports, economics, and more.
This system of distributing and consuming information is built on trust. Trust that the organizations who mold our brains are doing so based on pure facts and without bias.
This trust has existed mostly unquestioned since the beginning of print news, but as the digital age has brought on both more intense scrutiny and a heightened ability to mislead, our trust in online media has evaporated.
The reality is that most information providers make money when people read their stories and, in a world of immense competition, they depend on creating a narrative that will appeal to the masses. Gaining readership, therefore, is prioritized over presenting the truth.
Information providers have strayed away from delivering facts and towards a world shaped by narratives, making it increasingly difficult to sort facts from fake news and clickbait.
It’s time we begin to be more skeptical about the information we consume and focus on understanding things through first principles instead of by analogy. We need to question the facts that are handed to us and verify them ourselves.
When publications and other media sources provide a statistic, they should also be required to provide the study that collected the data and the line of code they used to produce it. Readers should be able to confirm and reproduce all data for themselves as well as openly debate its legitimacy. And ultimately, the most accurate information should emerge from the noise and display ahead of those that aren’t.
Datablogs is a platform where anyone can publish articles using real data and statistics, download and reproduce other people’s notebooks to verify their legitimacy, and learn about the world through a data lens.
The best way you can help rebuild trust in the information we consume is by creating and posting as many notebooks as possible, providing us with honest feedback, and sharing our message with your friends. Together we can make this happen.