Nieman Foundation at Harvard
A journalistic lesson for an algorithmic age: Let the scientific method be your guide
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Articles by Whitney Phillips

Whitney Phillips is an assistant professor in communications, culture, and digital technologies at Syracuse University.
“A keyword-focused ‘close enough, good enough’ approach to white Christian nationalism risks misdiagnosing problems, muddling solutions, and alienating potentially reachable readers.”
“This is no-win politics: Fighting back against the anti-democracy faction feeds into anti-democratic attacks — but so does refusing to take up arms.”
“When confronted by falsehood, we need to tell the truth, of course, but we need to focus on truths bigger than a fact check: truths about network dynamics, the history of polarization, and the formation of political identity.”
“Are the things we have always assumed to be true, true? Do the things we have always assumed to work, work? Have they ever, and for whom?”
“The media landscape is overrun with toxic narratives and polluted information not because our systems are broken, but because our systems are working.”