Morning Radar: Three things we're talking about this morning
What to do, what to do: spend the next hour mindlessly scrolling through your Facebook news feed or watch TV news?
Probably better to go with option 1 if we're talking about watching Fox News. In a not-so-surprising poll of 848 Americans by WorldPublicOpinion.org, a University of Maryland-managed project, it turns out people who watched Fox News daily were "significantly more likely than those who never watched it" to believe the following: the economic stimulus caused job losses, the economy is getting worse and most scientists do not agree that climate change is happening.
This adds to a growing body of data that suggests the same.
So, if you get flak for playing with your new XBox Kinect over the holidays instead of doing something "more stimulating," know that at least you're in a protective bubble, far away from misinformation.
Care to share: Cartoonist Dylan Horrocks found 10 issues of his own comic in torrent form on the file sharing platform Demonoid. For someone who'd poured countless hours into creating these works, which had just been put up for free download, you'd expect Mr. Horrocks to be ticked off, right? But instead of pulling a Metallica and filing a lawsuit against Demonoid, Mr. Horrocks seemed glad that people were interested enough in his work to go through the trouble of scanning it in and posted a link to the file on his blog.
And, in keeping with the holiday season, he encouraged readers not to be selfish Grinch types and, "just remember to seed (host the file so others can download, too) folks..."
No script for you: Guy gets suspended from college for plagiarism. Obviously not having learned his lesson, guy forges letters of recommendation and college board documents to fake his way into Harvard. Guy racks up tons of scholarships and grants while at Harvard, all based on plagiarised work.
The stuff of a great screenplay, right? Unfortunately, Adam Wheeler the 24-year-old who pulled all this off before getting caught this past spring, isn't allowed to make a movie script or book about it: it's one of the terms of his criminal sentence for larceny and identity fraud.