When I write on factual subjects, or even express opinions based on facts or someone else's notions, I try to include citations and links. I ding commenters who try handwaving "studies show..." in an attempt to buttress their claims. --What studies, where? Who did them? Who wrote about them? Did you read those "studies," or are you just passing on what some guy's second cousin thought she read in a Twitter post that someone screenshot and put on Facebook?
Facts matter. Verifiable facts matter. And so does how you present them.
Here's an example, as called out at Roll Call:
Two charts. Same facts. One got the "unused" part trimmed off -- probably innocently enough; Art Directors and Editors loathe empty space, and those charts have to show up on a smartphone screen! But in fact, the "empty" space here is chock-full of information that you cannot otherwise take in with the same glance that reveals the up and down path of consumer confidence in the news media.
Present facts, not rumor -- and present facts clearly. Always take a second, longer look before you share -- put that ten percent drop in your trust of media to good use, instead of elevating idle rumor to the same status as hard news.
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