Why Citing Official Stats is Bad Without Analyzing it First


medianama-IRS-Q2-StatsWe were having this TED Conversation about hating America’s 1%. Then a commenter replied about ‘my confusion’:

‘Sorry, I contributed to your confusion. Let me try to resolve the who is rich in the America riddle.
First, let me reiterate that America is a big country, I think we are 4th in the world in size. So, in different parts of the country there are different costs of living and the spread nearly 100 %. So a rich person in south Texas is on the dole in San Francisco..

‘But the Federal Government uses a national average to make the reports. Using IRS data for adjusted gross income as a basis, the top 1 % of Americans earns $390,000 or more, million dollar earners are only 0.001% of the population. Billionaires, there are about 450 of them, ave their income as what ever they want it to be…’

It seems to me that my confusion was serendipitous since the lesson we learned from it is very useful. It’s proof that we have to analyze official or reliable stats first before citing them.

Courtney Love Wins Twitter Defamation Case
‘…Love (settled that case for $430,000 but) decided to fight a second Twitter lawsuit in which one of her former lawyer demanded $8 million over a tweet that read:

@noozjunkie I was fucking devestated [sic] when Rhonda J. Holmes esq. of san diego was bought off @FairNewsSpears perhaps you can get a quote.

‘It was the “bought off” comment that led Holmes, who Love had hired to sort out the finances of her late husband’s estate, to file a lawsuit accusing Love of harming her reputation.

‘During the trial, expert witnesses for Love claimed that no one saw the initial tweet, which Love deleted, except for the two people mentioned in it, and that it only came to public attention after Holmes made a legal issue of it. At trial, Love also described herself as a “computer retard” and said she believed the tweet was a private, direct message. She also claimed that she thought the message was true when she sent it…’
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Five Ways Twitter Is Changing Media Law
‘Why does Twitter get involved in so many interesting lawsuits? In its short life, the company has kicked up legal hornet nests involving everything from stalking to satire.

‘While technology companies always outgrow the laws that govern them, Twitter’s 140-character message system is proving to be particularly disruptive. At the same time, the microblog has been more aggressive in defending free speech than established companies like Facebook and Google.

‘Here are five examples that show how Twitter’s unique platform is creating a new set of media rules that are forcing the law to play catch up:’
The Courtney Love Case: Twitter and Defamation

JS Bachs Guide to Breaking the Rules
‘…one might say of Bach’s time, it’s unheard of to combine opera with a religious theme, my dear.

‘And yet, Bach’s church cantatas and Passions are full of drama, internalizing and dramatizing “the situation of the individual believer, spectator or hearer.” According to Gardiner, the new form of Baroque music-drama that Bach created answers Gottfried Ephraim Scheibel’s rhetorical observation: “I do not know why operas alone should have the privilege of squeezing tears from us; why is that not true in the church?”

“‘With never an opera to his name,” Gardiner writes, Bach will be the one to work his way towards uncovering and releasing a dramatic potency in music beyond the reach of any of his peers.”…’
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Poch is a Bookrix author and a freelance writer. He is a frequent contributor to TED Conversations.
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