The Misinformation Age
Between the lines: Our misinformation apocalypse has many contributors across the political spectrum, but one group benefits: authoritarians. They flourish when citizens overwhelmed with bad information give up on trying to figure out the truth. The bottom line: We won't be able to solve our problems if we can't even agree which ones are real.
Our Present Misinformation Age Predicted by Aldous Huxley
How Twitter Killed the First Amendment
You need not be a media historian to notice that we live in a golden age of press harassment, domestic propaganda and coercive efforts to control political debate. The Trump White House repeatedly seeks to discredit the press, threatens to strip broadcasters of their licenses and calls for the firing of journalists and football players for speaking their minds. A foreign government tries to hack our elections, and journalists and public speakers are regularly attacked by vicious, online troll armies whose aim is to silence opponents.
In this age of “new” censorship and blunt manipulation of political speech, where is the First Amendment? Americans like to think of it as the great protector of the press and of public debate. Yet it seems to have become a bit player, confined to a narrow and often irrelevant role. It is time to ask: Is the First Amendment obsolete? If so, what can be done?
Live From the White House, It’s Trump TV
DONALD Trump’s presidency has sent people searching for historical analogies. Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, calls him a modern incarnation of Andrew Jackson. Newt Gingrich compares him to Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Liberals prefer authoritarian analogues, like Vladimir V. Putin or figureheads of the Axis powers.
Each comparison assumes that Mr. Trump is a political figure with a politician’s instincts and calculations. To read on click here..
Which one of these two videos below is Propaganda?
In order to be critical consumers of media, we have to ask the right questions. Use the Key Questions (Found in the right hand column) for Media Literacy. Use it as a guide for interacting with media. View the following commercials found below, keeping the Key Questions in mind. Compare the similarities and differences between the videos -- how did you answer the questions for each commercial?
This Student Chose to Complete the Assignment with the Padlet above which Exhibits Their Knowledge of Evaluating Informational Resources...
Another Student Chose to Complete the Assignment by Creating a Screencast (Below) Displaying Their Knowledge of Evaluating Informational Sources..
"Students at practically all grade levels can't determine fake news from the real stuff" Stanford University
As the national attention to fake news and the debate over what to do about it continue, one place many are looking for solutions is in the classroom.
Since a recent Stanford study showed that students at practically all grade levels can't determine fake news from the real stuff, the push to teach media literacy has gained new momentum. The study showed that while students absorb media constantly, they often lack the critical thinking skills needed to tell fake news from the real stuff.
Teachers are taking up the challenge to change that. NPR Ed put out a social media call asking how educators are teaching fake news and media literacy, and we got a lot of responses. Here's a sampling from around the country:
Fake news "Simon Says" to read more click here....
General education represents the best and last chance for students to debate broad human problems, yet far too few institutions are giving them the opportunity, argue Andrew Delbanco and Jon Parrish Peede.
Too many students leave college with a blinkered view of the world -- trained in this or that specialty but unprepared to reflect on the meaning and purpose of their own lives, and to participate in an informed and deliberative way in the collective life of our nation and the world.
Teaching ethics can not only help students become better decision-makers, but it can also help develop crucial academic and social and emotional competencies. Ethical decision-making is a crucial part of comprehensive education, but few schools teach ethics, writes Linda Flanagan, advisory board member for the The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School, in a recent KQED Mindshift piece. Introducing ethical dilemmas in the classroom can open up opportunities not only for debate and critical thinking, but also for personal growth, empathy for other viewpoints, and self-reflection.
Effective ethics instruction is about more than distributing a list of moral guidelines; it requires teaching students how to navigate their own moral decision-making.
The Power of Storytelling
All great and inspiring leaders and companies whether its Apple, Rev Dr Martin Luther King, or the Wright Brothers think, act, and communicate the same way and it’s the opposite of the way nearly everyone else does. They are all storytellers.
Storytelling is one of the oldest, if not the oldest method of communicating ideas and images. Story performance honed our mythologies long before they were written and edited by scribes, poets, or scholars.
3 Powerful Stories from Steve Jobs
Padlet or Screencast Assignment:
AT&T's bid to buy Time Warner for a hefty $85.4 billion has unleashed a flood of excitement on Wall Street, where analysts are now predicting a new wave of deal-making in the media industry.
The heated competition for our attention and for advertising dollars is increasingly pitting traditional media and entertainment stalwarts against Internet and telecom giants. And some media companies are once again seeking refuge in larger conglomerates.
To wade through who owns what, we decided to build a chart that outlines some of the notable holdings of big media companies. To read more click here.