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POPULAR PRESS ARTICLES / OP-EDS

Rand, D.G. & Pennycook, G. (2019). Crowdsourcing is the best weapon in fight against fake news. The HillLink
Pennycook, G. & Rand, D. G. (2019). Why Do People Fall for Fake News? The New York TimesLink
Pennycook, G., Martel, C., & Rand, D. G. (2019). Knowing how fake news preys on your emotions can help you spot it. CBCLink
Barr, N. & Pennycook, G. (2018). The most dangerous and misunderstood threat to humanity is the human mind. QuartzLink [Note: We did not choose this title.]
Cheyne, J.A. & Pennycook, G. (2016). The seductions of pretentious bullshit: An empirical study. Skeptic Magazine, 21, 40-45. PDF
Pennycook, G. (2016). Why bullshit is no laughing matter. Aeon Digital Magazine. Link

RECENT COVERAGE (2018/2019)

The AtlanticWhy It’s Okay to Call It ‘Fake News’
Bloomberg: Smart People May Be More Likely to Fall for Fake News (or Not)
BloombergThink You’re Smart About Politics? You Might Be Libertarian
Big ThinkWant to squelch fake news? Let the readers take charge
Boston HeraldMIT scientist charts fake news reach
Business InsiderWhy everybody gets duped by hot health and science startups
CBC‘It’s more about laziness’: U of R Prof talks fake news and why some fall for it
CBCPolitical disinformation is rampant online. How can voters cope?
FiveThirtyEightWhy Good Politics And Good Climate Science Don’t Mix
Irish TimesWhy producing bulls**t requires few convictions
The Guardian Why smart people are more [sic] likely to believe fake news
The GuardianNo word of a lie: scientists rate the world’s biggest peddlers of bull
The GuardianWhat does ‘living fully’ mean? Welcome to the age of pseudo-profound nonsense
New ScientistLazy thinking – not bias – is the real reason we believe fake news
New StatesmanWhy the invention of the fridge could be responsible for our love of fake news
NewsyExpert Says Trump’s ‘Fake News Awards’ Perpetuate Misinformation
NPRThe Psychology Of Fake News
OZYThink you’re immune to BS? Nope, we all fall for the pseudo-profound
The OutlineThe problem isn’t whether people can identify fake news
Pacific StandardThe Least Analytical 2016 Voters: Democrats Who Supported Trump
Pacific StandardFundamentalists are more likely to believe fake news
PBSHow bots turned this State of the Union moment into a viral meme
PoliticoGOP voters trust CNN, NY Times over Breitbart, InfoWars
Regina Leader-PostSocial media companies must do more to combat fake news: U of R researcher
Scientific AmericanHow Fake News Will Get Worse
Scientific AmericanI Heard It Before, So It Must Be True
The Smithsonian MagazineStudy Looks at Why We All Spew So Much BS
SlateA Surprising New Study Says Facebook’s Ridiculed Plan to Rate the Media Could Actually Work
Slate: Facebook’s Revamp Includes an Effort to Fight Fake News
TimeHow Your Brain Tricks You Into Believing Fake News
ViceWhy People Post Fake News
VoxWhat constant smartphone photography is doing to our memories
Wall Street JournalFine-Tune Your B.S. Detector: You’ll Need It
WiredDon’t want to fall for fake news? Don’t be lazy
World Economic ForumCould this be the solution to stop the spread of fake news?

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