Is too much choice making us unhappy?

The Paradox of Choice

Barry Schwartz exposes an interesting backlash of having too many options.

I suggest you watch this in small snippets and do short Tell Backs along the way.

Do you agree with Schwartz?

What are the advantages of choice?

What are some of the events in his life that led to this conclusion?

Can you thinks of events in your life that you would have preferred to have less choice?

Do you believe there is fake news?

Fake news is the term “du jour.” It is no longer a novelty really but it is still, and perhaps more and more, important to know about. How sharp do you think you are at spotting fake news?

What if you were a journalist? If your livelihood depended on your ability to detect fact from fiction? In Markham Nolan’s TED talk “How to separate fact from fiction online” we see how the digital dimension affects this decision.

Pre discussion

  • How good are you at detecting fake news?
  • What is your criteria? How can you tell?
  • Do a Mind Map of the elements/criteria that can help separate fact from fiction.

The video: TED Markham Nolan: How to separate fact from fiction

  • Watch the video and gather some of Nolan’s debunking tools.
  • Compare your list with the mind map you did previously.
  • What elements in the digital information era make fact checking easier? What makes them harder?
  • Which anecdotes in Nolan’s talk stick with you? Why?