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ARTICLE: The Jussie Smollett story showed America the danger of instant certainty. How can we slow all the hot takes?


Jussie Smollett, Dianne Feinstein and Nick Sandmann aren’t teachers, but in recent weeks, they’ve given Americans a lesson in the danger of jumping to conclusions — particularly if you’re prone to spreading your conclusions on the internet. …

And while social media and other aspects of a culture addicted to speed have made it easy to spread dubious information quickly, the internet also has given us a solution to the problems that stem from our desire to be right, right now, and to let everyone know.

“The same medium that’s demanding these instant reactions with certainty is also the medium that’s allowing us to eventually get the context,” said Annie Duke, a Philadelphia-based consultant on decision-making.

To stop contributing to the problem, next time you you find yourself tempted to offer a hot take, wait 18 seconds and ask yourself a few key questions, Duke and other experts say.