The recency effect and how the media can make you forgetful

Watch this clip of David Blaine showing you the recency effect:

With all the tragic events that have unfolded in the past day, it’s important to not fall victim to the recency effect.

  1. IS claims fatal stabbings of 2 women at French train station
  2. ‘Lone wolf’ suspected in Canada terror attack, police chase
  3. At least 50 killed as gunman opens fire at Las Vegas concert

Because of the rapid succession of these events, the most recent noteworthy event eclipses the others that have occurred shortly before. This causes many people to ignore the past events and remember only the latter of the group.

It is up to the vigilant to make sure that all events eventually get their fair share of recognition and discussion. While it may not be the case here with the attacks, media in collusion with big government and other corrupting institutions of power will frequently use this tactic to sway public opinion.

Recognizing the presence of the recency effect will help you avoid falling for it.

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