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"If we do not have the capacity to distinguish what's true from what's false, then by definition the marketplace of ideas doesn't work. And by definition our democracy doesn't work. We are entering into an epistemological crisis." --Barack Obama, interviewed by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic.
Information and Democracy
Conspiracy Thinking and Information Literacy
Information literacy expert Barbara Fister explores the computerized information universe. "It’s ironic that Wikipedia, a social platform once demonized by educators as unreliable, now is a global avatar of strict adherence to a set of retro principles about how to properly establish and document information through objectivity, appealing to generally accepted facts, and references to authoritative sources."
TWITTER BANS TRUMP
An overview and explanation from Twitter of why the social media company "permanently suspended" Donald J. Trump's personal account.
The Wall Street Journal's Process in Verifying News Facts
"There is a big difference between WikiLeaks and establishment media coverage of WikiLeaks, a difference between a Trump tweet and an article about it, even between an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal suggesting Joe Biden had done bad things, and a news article that didn’t reach that conclusion."
"Building a Healthy Cognitive Immune System: Defending Democracy in the Disinformation Age"
includes an infographic based on the virus-infection metaphor, from The Institute for the Future.
"Posttruth, Truthiness, and Alternative Facts"
"Information Behavior and Critical Information Consumption for a New Age, " by Nicole A. Cooke.
Library Quarterly. Jul2017, Vol. 87 Issue 3, p211-221.
Initiatives to Counter Fake News in Selected Countries
A document published in 2019 by the Law Library of the U.S. Library of Congress.
Social Media "News" Habits
A study by the well-respected Columbia Journalism Review "shows that a right-wing media network anchored around Breitbart developed as a distinct and insulated media system, using social media as a backbone to transmit a hyper-partisan perspective."
Classic Treatments of Truth and Falsehood
Truth, Lying, and Politics: Good, Bad, and Ugly?
Books in the Library
Clashing Views in Mass Media and Society by
Call Number: HN90 .M3 T35 2011 in Watson stacks
Publication Date: 2010
Fighting Fake News!: Teaching Critical Thinking and Media Literacy in a Digital Age by
Call Number: P96 M4 H67 2018 REF. at Leesville; on order for Watson
Publication Date: 2018
Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War over the Truth by
Call Number: E912 .K87 2018, in New Books at Watson
Publication Date: 2018