What if we started using different font or typographical treatments to indicate the veracity of statements?

David Dylan Thomas
David Dylan Thomas

Distinguished speaker and content strategist, known for his expertise in design, bias, and social justice, with presentations at prominent events like TEDNYC, SXSW Interactive, and UX Copenhagen.

Interesting titbit: Some languages, such as Tuyuca, have a feature called “evidentiality” which prevents the speaker from saying anything without also saying how they know it. It’s embedded in the grammar.

So in those languages you can’t say “Bob went to the store” without also saying how you know that Bob went to the store. You’re on the hook for your source. Think about how powerful that is. How that would change what you choose to say or post. How that would change how much you believe what you read on the internet.

Because all of it — unless the speaker were lying, which is a fair point—would expose how the speaker knows what they claim to be true.

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The text above was taken and slightly edited from the following sources.

Design for Cognitive Bias

Design for Cognitive Bias (Book) by David Dylan Thomas

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