Activist Tools: Spot the Alt-Facts
Waking up and navigating Trump’s America is like waking up from a nightmare every morning only to realize that the nightmare is reality–and the corruption runs deeper than you ever imagined. In this alt-America every day is Groundhog Day and facts are just another commodity. We only have to choose which facts best suit our purposes or preferences, right? In fact, one might say the facts choose us.
Fake news is easy to manufacture and quick to disseminate but tedious to debunk and counteract. The futile search for proof of something that there is no proof of is exactly why the “fake news” epithet works so well for our alt-president. This week we are providing some tools to help you spot the alt-facts and help others become more conscious media consumers. The truth is still out there.
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions: Spotting Fake News
IFLA made this infographic with eight simple steps (based on FactCheck.org’s 2016 article How to Spot Fake News) to discover the verifiability of a given news-piece in front of you. Download, print, translate, and share – at home, at your library, in your local community and on social media networks.
Is it Possible to “Vaccinate” Against Fake News?
In medicine, vaccinating against a virus involves exposing a body to a weakened version of the threat, enough to build a tolerance. Social psychologists believe that a similar logic can be applied to help “inoculate” the public against misinformation, including the damaging influence of ‘fake news’ websites propagating myths about climate change.
Media Education Foundation: Documentary Films. Challenging Media.
The Media Education Foundation (MEF) produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media. Sign up to try their streaming platform, and receive two weeks of free access to their full documentary collection of feature films covering topics ranging from the commercialization of childhood to the relationship between consumerism and oil wars.
PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others on its Truth-O-Meter.
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