Sensational media take advantage of our survival instincts to earn more clicks and ad revenue with scary and shocking headlines - many of which aren’t even true – and we’re enabling them each time we share. When our fear goes up, our trust comes down. When people don't trust each other, they don't help each other and progress stalls. We become farther apart. “TRUST ME” covers emotional stories, interwoven with science and expert interviews to show us where the world really stands and the right way to consume and share media.
Next, Michael edited for Back to the Future writer/producer Bob Gale on his original film INTERSTATE 60. Over the next several years, Michael edited for Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuaron, Frank Darabont, Roko Belic, Kevin Smith, Guillermo del Toro and Zach Snyder on various documentaries, television shows and motion pictures.
The high state of fear generated by media coverage which is unbalanced (biased toward the bad news) and sometimes erroneous, drives up unnecessary fear in our country, which, in turn drives down trust. When we trust one another, we’re more apt to help each another. Fear can also lead to feelings of helplessness which damages mental health. By closing the perception gap between the actual and the perceived state of the world, we believe depression, anxiety, illegal drug use and suicidal ideology will decline. We believe progress in solving the big problems of the day will move forward at a higher rate."
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Prince Harry is calling on us to educate ourselves about fake news, misinformation and negativity bias...
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A clear example of the perception gap that exists between how well people think humanity is progressing vs. the actual facts is...
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In the April 2001 issue of Scientific American, I began this column with an entry entitled “Colorful Pebbles and Darwin’s Dictum,” inspired by the British naturalist’s remark that “all observation must be for or against...”
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"We live in troubling times. The news in the past months have shown how conflicted our world is and how disconnected we are despite being the most technologically connected ever. In my opinion, it has made the need for..."
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"It is only natural that we care mostly about ourselves. Our immediate family. Our friends. Maybe our neighbors. And just maybe the community we live in. That’s the way...”
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"Mainstream media often delivers an avalanche of bad news, while the abundance of good news goes mostly unmentioned, and thus unheard and unseen. So, the gap between what’s real and what’s perceived...”
The film is inspired by the paradox that, although the world is empirically getting better in many ways for most of us; many people feel things are getting worse.
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