What We’re Reading: News and Misinformation
ADP’s Digital Polarization Initiative is led by ADP Civic Fellow Mike Caulfield of Washington State University, Vancouver. WSUV’s Fall 2017 magazine Northwest Crimson & Gray features a cover story about Mike and this important work.
In part the story suggests that “In the internet era, it is more difficult than ever to be able to separate fact from fiction” (p. 2). The article suggests a set of websites for fact-check on the web, tells the story of Mike’s interest in this work and shares a set of strategies for fast fact-checking (from reading laterally to going upstream to the original source).
As Mike suggests, “The web is both the largest propaganda machine ever created and the most amazing fact-checking tool ever invented. But if we haven’t taught our students those capabilities, is it any surprise that propaganda is winning? (p. 5).
Learn more about Mike, WSUV and ADP’s Digital Polarization Initiative in this News and Misinformation article.