Welcome to Extras #79! The theme this week is, “We know so much; we know so little.” The first article, a series of six profiles about refugees living in Houston, is an example of how we prefer ignorance and fear over understanding and empathy. The second piece, which explains how Donald Trump used the data we fill out on Facebook to win the presidency, reveals how nonchalantly we abdicate our privacy because of our self-absorption.
Then, after an inspirational quotation about reading, there’s an article that may explain why so many Americans distrust science (though I still believe in it!). Maybe it’s easier to believe in raw, emotional videos, which Facebook Live provides, over cold hard facts. (Live is not just for Chewbacca Mom
.) Please enjoy!