Why People Get Away With Public Lying
In short, lies are team signals, and we like when people signal that they are on our team. This applies to sports, politics, and so much more. This video features some of Professor Campbell's research. Not featured in the video is an activity in which students share times they have said lies that supported sports teams they loved. At Oregon this includes the famous line: "It never rains at Auzten Stadium."
Professor Campbell talks about his research that looks at how people see it as more acceptable to make passionate employees do extra, unpaid, and more demeaning work than they do for employees without the same passion. He talks about how this often happens in student groups, business, and academia. At the end of the video, he explains a very simple activity to help us start to get over this tendency. The activity involves creating un/acceptabe statements around behaviors that you think are legitimate for people to ask of you and of others at work.
The Misleading Headline Problem
The video reviews a simple activity in which students put the the truth of an article and the misleading headline on different sides of a poster board and then create a misleading headline tunnel. The point is: even if an article has true information, we may be more misinformed because we read so many misleading headlines without ever clicking on the articles. We read more headlines than articles, and this can be a problem that is far bigger than just wasting on time on click-bait.