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Fake News: Further Reading
This guide will provide students and faculty with tips on how to avoid fake news and how to find credible sources.
Abstract: This book shows how to distinguish reliable journalism from reports riddled with errors, lies, nonsense and "fake news." Bartlett provides actionable tips for reading critically, judging sources, using fact-checking sites, avoiding confirmation bias, identifying trustworthy experts, and more.
This book examines how journalism is evolving to meet the demands of digital media, where lies often spread faster than truth, and news consumers expect journalism to be a conversation, not a lecture. Examines the historical roots of journalism's crisis and possible solutions, provides context for the 2016 election's "fake news" phenomenon, and explains what savvy journalists are doing to rebuild trust in real journalism.
...personalized filters are sweeping the Web, creating individual universes of information for each of us. Data companies track your personal information to sell to advertisers, from your political leanings to the hiking boots you just browsed on Zappos. In a personalized world, we will increasingly be typed and fed only news that is pleasant, familiar, and confirms our beliefs, and because these filters are invisible, we won't know what is being hidden from us.
Summary of research published in Nature on “information gerrymandering.”
Stewart, Alexander J. and Joshua B. Plotkin. "Here’s What Happens When Political Bubbles Collide." The Conversation, 4 September 2019, https://theconversation.com/heres-what-happens-when-political-bubbles-collide-121856. Accessed 01 Oct 2019.
Interesting (and long) article from The Atlantic on our biases. Do you have biases that cause you to overlook or discount information that would upset your world view?
Beck, Julie. "This Article Won’t Change Your Mind: The Facts on Why Facts Alone Can’t Fight False Beliefs." The Atlantic, 13 Mar. 2017, https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/03/this-article-wont-change-your-mind/519093/. Accessed 15 Mar. 2017.