For this particular artifact watch the news for reports of extreme cases of behavior in order to find evidence that news analysts overemphasize drastic cases in reporting the news. Does reporting acts of terrorism, for instance, lead us to a distorted perception of the views of the average resident of the terrorists’ home countries (e.g., Arabs, Muslims, Serbs)? Discuss the role the media plays in representative and availability heuristics.
Watch Are We Scaring Ourselves to Death? via the link below:
This 20-20 report shows how biased media coverage (e.g., plane crashes) can lead to overestimation of certain events (availability heuristic).
Visual artifact idea: take a screen shot of something that struck you while watching the video. Write a reflective statement of how this video brought this concept to life.