Looking Ahead to Weeks 7+8 Theme of Fake News

For Weeks 7-8 (Oct 22 – Nov 4) we will be discussing Fake News. Some of us are still talking about equity (and you can join two activities suggested by Anna Smith: “View from here” and “eLearning Encyclopedia”

Can we tell the difference between real news and “fake” news? Long before the digital revolution, misinformation and conspiracy was a journalistic concern. If truth is “something that happens to an idea”, the status of truth has always been questionable. But ideas (whether true or not) have consequences, most notably the power to influence behaviors and belief systems.
In a political culture of post-truth in which debate is framed largely by appeals to emotion disconnected from the details of policy, we will consider how to develop and promote critical digital literacies in a global intercultural context.

Asynchronous Activities

Read & Twitter slow chat starting October 22 (organized by Bonnie Stewart @bonstewart) : Zeynep Tufekci (2018) How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump – more details on the Twitter chat here

Read & follow-up: Mike Caulfield’s Recognition is futile and then use Four Moves blog – choose one and blog response to the challenge in it, using the Four Moves. If you prefer audio, here is a podcast interview with Mike.

Play game & reflect: “Fake it to make it” game

Play game & reflect: “Bad News” & blog reflections

Studio visit:

Online studio visit and discussion with invited guests Mike Caulfield and Cheryl Brown is scheduled for November 5th at 8pm UTC (November 6 in New Zealand). More information to follow.

Optional resources & activities:

Article/video: Chris Gilliard on Pedagogy and the logic of platforms – or watch this brief video provocation by Chris

Blog/activity: Contribute your own “suspicious news” item for Four Moves blog and analyze it using Four Moves

Podcast: Nishant Shah on different conceptions of safety online

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