Over the course of this course (pun intended), we have all read countless news articles about self driving cars. Some are more technical, some are informational, some are opinion. There are a lot of articles in support of these vehicles, but there are also mountains of writers trashing self-driving cars. There are articles that trash the safety, the implementation, the user experience, and even the basic premise of self driving cars.
So why the hate? Simply put, new things can be scary. Why? Because of risk, as shown in this study. We as beings that want to survive generally avoid risk, which diminishes the likelihood of us surviving. New things generally have a larger risk factor, and definitely have a more unknown risk factor. So our survival instincts are telling us to avoid this new technology that is scary, like how people were afraid of computers in 1995.
These self-driving cars activate fear in a lot of people. And these people look for headlines that confirm their bias, an action that can be attributed to confirmation bias, a concept in psychology that describes how people are likely to search out and believe information that confirms their biases. So its advantageous for a writer to publish an article that talks about and enforces the views of these people. Fear makes people devour these articles, since self-preservation is one of the strongest human impluses.
This is kinda screwed up in my mind. This is why articles like this one gain traction. This article is a perfect example of how some writers will write slanderous headlines that make self driving cars the enemy, then describe in an article how the headline is essentially wrong. These headlines can influence people who only read the headline unfairly, as stated in this article.
This kind of journalism generates views and clicks for writers and papers, but is damaging to the industry of self driving cars. I admit that I have a bias in favor of these vehicles, but I feel that many articles against them are preying on our fears to generate capital, thus presenting an unfair view of the situation and swaying public opinion negatively.