False Memories - memories or fantasies ?

About: remember a previous life? maybe you have a bad memory: scientific american

   This Scientific American article suggests to me another study about how the MSM induces ideas & beliefs into the populace by repetition & familiarity. I wonder if that idea has ever been studied ?
   My own memory is very good for where I got a particular idea or saw a particular face.
   One thing I noticed with Google is that sometimes their news site has a headline that is radically different from the thousand or more articles on the subject - then it disappears with a refresh of the page.  For example this:
Bush to complain about Iraq funding bills versus all the other headlines in the accompanying 1634 articles . 
 I wonder if Google really selects the content for their main news summary page statistically or whether other factors are at play. Is there statistical way to select the most outrageous headline ? I can think of one way & that is to select the headline least similar to all the rest & for headline writers to take advantage of that method by coming up with outrageously different headlines.  Headlines are hooks to snare in the reader or viewer - just like sex in a TV commercial.
Truth, Fantasy or Reality - which do you want ?

** picture can be seen at Jim Warren's awesome collection here.


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Seth says
The headline they show is always the headline of the story that they select.  The question is what is their algorithm for selecting the most representive story of the cluster of articles.  I would guess that it was some kind of geometric center point of the cluster and has nothing to do with content. 

Mark de LA says
seth 2007-03-31 08:59:48 6615
The headline they show is always the headline of the story that they select.  The question is what is their algorithm for selecting the most representive story of the cluster of articles.  I would guess that it was some kind of geometric center point of the cluster and has nothing to do with content. 
Yep, but based on what ? Length, hashtotal of words, most unique title, random selection of the news websites they cover ??
I like my theory !

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