John joined attorney and law professor Brian Oxman on his radio show to talk about the latest political news — and fake news — in the headlines.
John was invited to participate in Gary’s Book Club at CES® 2017, where he spoke and signed books at the show. Watch his video to learn more ways to understand the data around you, and make better decisions at work and home.
USA Today recently interviewed John for an in-depth story about fake news — and how people can know what's real.
From the article:
"An imperfect storm of factors have hyper-accelerated the rampant growth of fake news, says John Johnson, co-author of Everydata: The Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume Every Day.
Trust in the media is at an all-time low — 32%, according to a Gallup Poll — amid an avalanche of news to a disenfranchised electorate, many of whom are seeking information, no matter how specious, to affirm preconceived notions, Johnson says."
John was invited to speak at TEDxBuffalo to explain how people can spot misleading headlines by looking for key phrases.
In a recent interview with Tom Heath at The Washington Post, John talked about a wide range of topics, including:
- His work as CEO of Edgeworth Economics, which provides expert testimony for companies dealing with “bet-the-company litigation.”
- His experience as a "radio-show guest, TV polling expert and author who distills his data into bite-size, digestible nuggets."
- Working with clients including the NFL Players Association
How does a trip to the grocery store help explain the U.S. Presidential election polls? In his column for The Huffington Post, John uses a simple analogy to help readers understand a common polling phenomenon.
What would we do if we didn't have polls? In his latest op-ed for The Hill, John explores how social media, crowd size and even betting markets could be used to help predict elections.
"What Do Scientists Think of Science Coverage in the Media?" That was the headline of a recent article in HowStuffWorks, which took a closer look at how the media covers research.
A few highlights:
- As John says in his speeches and book, people who like grilled cheese sandwiches probably don't have more sex, despite media reports.
- Sometimes it's not the media's fault that stories are misleading. Maybe the original study isn't good. Unless you're an expert, it's hard to know.
- Most research involves incremental progress. Rarely do you get those "wow" moments - but that's what many people (and journalists) are looking for.
Want to learn more? You can read the full article here. And thanks to HowStuffWorks for the interview!
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On their most recent podcast, co-hosts Craig Moen and Shye Gilad interviewed John and his co-author Mike, covering topics such as:
- How two entrepreneurs found time to write a book together
- The top data traps that business owners face
- How to use numbers and data honestly as you grow your business
- The most important questions that business owners should be asking about their data
Learn more and listen to the full podcast on the Business Owners Radio website.
"Don’t be afraid of numbers, they’re just numbers," says John in his latest interview with business writer Stephanie Vozza from Fast Company magazine. "Stop, think and use your intuition.... Statistical literacy is empowering."
In the article, John talks about common data traps, including:
- Misleading averages
- Cherry-picked data
- Confusing correlation with causation
In a recent interview with Bloomberg's Market Minute, John was interviewed about a number of topics, including:
- The importance of "little data"
- How to be a better consumer of data
- Why businesses rely on correlations
- Common information traps
Listen to the full interview here:
Here are just a few of the highlights from our most recent review, this time in 800-CEO-READ:
"We live in what you might call a data-rich environment, an age of information saturation. Johnson and his coauthor, Mike Gluck, have written the best book I have found on how to parse that data and information. "
“...entirely engrossing and entertaining from the start.”
"What Johnson and Gluck do is provide all the thinking tools you need to determine what it is you really know and what you really don't."
Read the full review on the 800-CEO-READ website, where you can also enter to win a free copy of the book.
Hopefully you have noticed the new link in the header of our site referencing "Quiz." Don't be shy! Give it a click! We just launched the quiz this week as a fun way to test yourself on identifying misleading articles. We hop you enjoy it as much as we do! If you have any questions or comments about the quiz, leave them below this news announcement. And be sure to check back, we are hoping to create more of these in the near future!
An excerpt of Everydata made it on to the website of Boing Boing, the self-described website of "[t]he award-winning zine, blog and directory of wonderful things." In the introduction, the editors described Everydata as "a tour-de-force of statistical literacy"! If you haven't already read the book, check out the excerpt. If you have already read the book, check out the excerpt anyway!
The road show continues! John has been invited to Little Rock, Arkansas, to be interviewed about Everydata as part of this year's Literary Festival. John will be working with Lance Turner, the online editor for ArkansasBusiness.com. The interview will occur on Saturday, April 16, at 1:00 in the Historic Arkansas Museum.
Thank you to the event coordinators for the invite!
We woke up this morning to some pleasant news: The Midwest Book Review added Everydata to their April list of Reviewer's Choice books! They called it a "must-read" and "highly recommended." Thanks to the MBR for taking the time to review the book.
After all those years and countless dollars buying books, there is a special gratification that comes with seeing your own book listed in your alumni magazine. I am grateful to the Rochester Review for including Everydata in the spring issue!
Time to pack the bags because we're headed to Michigan! The University of Michigan Law School, in conjunction with other schools and student clubs across the university, have invited John to give a talk on his upcoming book. We are excited about the opportunity showcase how Everydata makes statistics more accessible to students of all academic pursuits. The talk will be held at 4:00 on March 30 at South Hall 1225 in the Law School. For more information, please visit the event website.