from schooled skepticism to informed trust

Mike Caulfield has written a handy (and free!) classroom-ready book about fact-checking and provides useful case studies for students and anyone who wants to fine-tune their bullshit detector. Also, he has explained why simply studying a document for clues (a checklist approach) doesn’t work and four moves you can make instead: corroborate, trace the story’s…

the black box problem

Reposted from Inside Higher Ed;  image courtesy of Dan Lingard. There’s another fascinating study out from the Stanford History Education Group, the folks who studied high school and college students’ capacity to figure out what news is fake, finding that they don’t really know how to do that. Turns out – surprise! – trained historians don’t really know…

fahrenheit 404

Battle For The Net Video Bumper from FFTF on Vimeo. This essay is reprinted from Inside Higher Ed. We have always been at war with the Internet. No, I’m not talking about trolls or flamewars but efforts to keep this globally interconnected digital space a place where freedom can thrive. What that freedom looks like,…

how not to fight terrorism

Reposted from Inside Higher Ed. Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Fairchild I suppose it’s inevitable, given that information-driven tech-centered global corporations dominate the list of Big Rich Companies, that information systems play a significant role in 21st century terrorism. ISIS has famously made effective use of social media platforms for recruitment purposes. So have white nationalists…

how libraries became public II

Reposted from Inside Higher Ed; photo courtesy of Toshiyuki IMAI Here’s another interesting thing about the origins of American public libraries. We have women to thank for most of them. Oh, sure, Andrew Carnegie had something to do with it. Unlike his fellow mega-rich philanthropists who built libraries, he didn’t want to build palaces. He…

what kind of free is speech online?

Reposted from Inside Higher Ed. Image courtesy of JwvanEck. A Pew Research has just published a fascinating in-depth report titled “The Future of Free Speech Online.” (The PDF version of the study is 75 pages – there’s a lot to it.) Lee Rainie, Janna Anderson, and Jonathan Albright surveyed a number of tech experts to…

commonplace newsletter #2

Image courtesy of Ken Douglas. I think I’m getting the hang of this Newsletter plugin for WordPress. It sent out a nicely-formatted email yesterday – April Fool’s Day, appropriately enough, given that the common thread of the links I selected was what we talk about when we talk about “fake news.” (One think I’ve learned…