“Perhaps most importantly, ‘fake news’ tends to direct focus to the veracity of the text itself, not on the social processes that facilitate its spread, or how particular stories align with the interests and biases of those sharing it. It is geared towards surface phenomena, in other words, not to underlying currents.”
"Fake news — a neologism to describe stories that are just not true, like Pizzagate, and a term now co-opted to characterize unfavorable news — has given new urgency to the teaching of media literacy. Are Americans less able to assess credibility? Can they discern real news from disinformation?
These are some of the questions Paul Mihailidis explores with his Emerson College students."
"By explaining click baits, bias and information bubbles, this video helps viewers discern what’s real and what’s not. Startling examples of altered photos reveal the skills employed by fake newsmongers. . . . "
Podcast from NPR. "Health officials right now aren't just having to battle an illness [(coronavirus)] with no known cure or vaccine — they're having to fight back against Internet trolls and conspiracy theorists. The World Health Organization has labeled the current moment an "infodemic."'
“... we sought to establish a reasonable bar, a level of performance we hoped was within reach for most [students] … But in every case and at every level, we were taken aback by student’s lack of preparation.”