Critical Thinking About Digital Media

In recent years, our consumption of media has changed in ways we could never have anticipated. Just as CNN's 24-hour news cycle showed us that news didn't have to sleep, independent bloggers and the popularity of social media proved that media also didn't have to be newspaper- or television-bound. The internet allows us all to take part in a public dialogue, for better or worse. In this thoughtful and entertaining series, students will explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of the new media wave: from the fake news that tipped the 2016 U.S. election to fun memes that brighten our days; from weaponized social media hashtags like #HasJustineLandedYet to the blessings and curses of living in a culture where any post, tweet, video, or message can go viral in the blink of an eye. Features include: Extremely high-interest and relevant topic as the online space, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Reddit is where many students spend a significant amount of time and find information. Directly correlates with state journalism standards about developing media literacy. Supports the C3 Framework for Social Studies' emphasis on being critical about the accuracy of sources.

  • Spring 2019
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    Fake News and the Factories That Make It

    Fake News and the Factories That Make It

    Kristina Lyn Heitkamp
    Once on the fringe, fake news has become mainstream. From bogus social media accounts to Russian troll factories, phony news muddies the social and political discourse, and is a threat to our democracy...Read More

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    The Bubble of Confirmation Bias

    The Bubble of Confirmation Bias

    Alex Acks
    Confirmation bias is the tendency of people to interpret, remember, and specifically seek out information that confirms beliefs they already have. It's part of how the human brain works. Being aware of its existence and how it can creep into your life is the best defense...Read More

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    Twitter Culture: On the Trustworthiness of Tweets

    Twitter Culture: On the Trustworthiness of Tweets

    Carolyn DeCarlo
    As the use of social media has become more pervasive across all segments of the population, social media platforms have become the primary way many of us get our information, not only about our family and friends but about world wide news and events...Read More

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    Understanding Memes and Internet Satire

    Understanding Memes and Internet Satire

    Jeff Mapua
    Memes and Internet satire are everywhere online. They come and go so quickly, it's hard to understand what they even mean. Readers take a closer look at this modern phenomenon in a thoughtful and accessible way...Read More

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    Weaponized Social Media

    Weaponized Social Media

    Sherri Mabry Gordon
    Originally conceived as a way for people to stay connected, share photographs and post information, social media has evolved. Today, it is much more than a fun communication tool, it can become a destructive weapon when exploited by the wrong people...Read More

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    When Content Goes Viral

    When Content Goes Viral

    Brian White
    Going viral. It's a phrase that you hear thrown around whenever something is blowing up on the Internet, but what does it really mean? How does something or someone go from a random post on social media to a household name? What does it mean for the person who posted it? There's the dark side, too: hoaxes, illegal content, and Russian trolls...Read More

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