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Stories by Krystal D'Costa

3 Historical Examples of "Fake News"

History is littered with examples where the the facts were altered to suit a specific purpose. Here are three instances where falsified public accounts were used to chart the course of history

December 1, 2016 — Krystal D'Costa

Understanding The Social Capital of Fake News

Why has fake news persisted? We've built the world to enhance our automatic assumption of the “right” action. Online social networks have been primed to reflect these assumptions of human behavior: We're not inclined to vet the information our friends show us because we've curated the experience to highlight things that are important to our network. Our default inclination is to trust our network.

November 28, 2016 — Krystal D'Costa

What's the Bogeyman?

Maybe it's Michael Myers. Maybe it's a jumbie. But chances are it's something else. The real question is: Why are we all afraid of it?

October 28, 2016 — Krystal D'Costa

Why Is the "Tears of Joy" Emoji Everywhere?

Although it doesn’t quite seem that we’re ready to chat in all emojis and only emojis, they are serving to modify our responses and add meaning in an environment where it could otherwise be difficult to interpret meaning

February 12, 2016 — Krystal D'Costa

We've Modified Our Behavior So We Can Text and Walk

We may be driving technology to respond to our needs in various areas, but this is one instance where we've definitely demonstrated that we're also adapting to accommodate technological change

July 29, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa

Why Does Everything Look the Same?

Wooden floors. Open concept. Giant kitchen islands. Marble countertops. Large windows. High ceilings. Walk-in closets. Space for entertaining. Stainless steel appliances. These are some of the criteria that potential television home-buyers list when discussing what they want in a home. We live in an age that celebrates the person. So why are we striving to be the same from a design perspective?

July 15, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa

How Information Builds a Community

Social media has changed the way we access and process local news. It empowers individuals to share what they know, which can be both good and bad as people may sometimes share (and continue to share) inaccurate information. We know Facebook and Twitter can help serve the public's information needs during times of crisis. But these media also serve an important role for local offline communities during non-critical times as well, and can provide the foundational basis that bind these communities.

June 25, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa

Context Matters When It Comes to Travel Time

People will often feel that the return trip covering the same geographical distance requires less time to complete. It doesn't. When all factors are equalized--same distance, traveling at approximately the same speed, no external delays, roughly the same number of rest stops--the duration of the return trip will be almost identical to the original journey. So why does it feel different?

June 11, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa

A Story of Wood

Wood has played an important role in the history of civilization. Humans have used it for fuel, building materials, furniture, paper, tools, weapons, and more. And demand for wood continues to increase annually, spurring conflicts between neighboring states over control of shared resources. Our relationship to this resource has remained relatively unchanged over time, and our methods of developing and managing woodlands continue to rely on tried and true techniques established by early civilizations. So perhaps this is why we take it for granted: wood has long been a part of our lives, and we probably can't really imagine it not being there. 

June 4, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa