4 videos to help inform your perspective on unemployment, global warming, health care, and immigration.
There is an unbelievable amount of misinformation circulating all around us. We have all believed something misguided or even flat-out wrong at one point or another. This doesn’t make us dumb or gullible, but human.
Not everyone perpetuating the misinformation is doing so intentionally. Regardless of their intentions, our thoughts and behaviors are not as difficult to influence as we’d like to believe.
A time we are most easily influenced is when the story we hear reinforces a suspicion, worldview, belief, or bias we already hold. And when our current perspective is confirmed, we rarely see a need to get other perspectives.
Sometimes it’s a small detail, a half-truth, or an outright untruth, but the problem is that this misinformation and misunderstandings build on each other creating a fundamentally misinformed perspective.
To solve the challenges we face in our families, communities, cities, and country we need perspectives informed by a diverse set of sources. I wanted to say “credible sources” there, but I’m reminded of the fact credible is subjective. Credibility is earned. Diversity is generally more helpful.
The videos that follow are not Truth with a capital T, and are not intended to be taken as such. I chose these videos because they take on topics where, I believe, a significant amount of the discussion is being informed by misunderstandings and misinformation. These videos helped inform my perspective and I hope they will do the same for you (which does not mean you accept them outright but are challenged to think because of them).
In President Elect Trump’s first press conference since his election, he referenced the real number of unemployed Americans at 96 million. This number immediately stood out to me because only two days before his presser I watched this video from John Green of the Vlogbrothers.
I want to believe this comment by President-Elect Trump was either a slip of the tongue or very poor information from his team but regardless of how it happened, the real number of unemployed Americans is not 96 million.
Understanding how unemployment is calculated and understanding the different kinds of unemployment is essential to understanding the state of our economy and what kinds of policy may help decrease it.
With a sense of vulnerability, I admit climate change is a topic I want to challenge. I’m not quite sure what about the story I tell myself or the story I’m being told stirs me up, but I want to poke holes in arguments suggesting it’s all our fault and we know it beyond a shadow of a doubt.
This video from Derek Muller takes a look at global warming in a way I don’t find threatening or arrogant. Derek, host of Veritasium, has a BS in Engineering Physics and a has Ph.D. in physics education with a thesis Designing Effective Multimedia for Physics Education. (sources in the description of the video)
As a general rule, I believe the government is ineffective and inefficient. But in this video, John Green presents the most compelling case for government influence in healthcare I’ve ever heard. And by the end of the video if you aren’t any closer to believing government involvement is an effect or even reasonable solution at least you have new information to help you frame the problem at hand.
- Health care (not health insurance) is abnormally expensive in the United States
- We don’t have reasonable options for the uninsured to receive health care
- The reason why costs are so high is complex and the blame isn’t on greedy lawyers
If you can get past Adam’s presentation style, the information in this video is definitely worth considering. Whether you believe there is an illegal immigration problem or not, this video presents a compelling case as to why a wall is not a viable solution. (link to sources)
- $12 to $25 billion just to build the wall
- It would cost as much as 20 Hoover Dams
- Between 27 and 40 percent of all undocumented immigrants came here on planes
What got stirred up in you as you watched these videos? How were your perspectives on any of these topics impacted?