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Journalists should stop repeating Trump’s lies - Vox
[T]he striking thing about the media is the extent of the failures when the problems aren’t hard or even that controversial.

And here’s where I think the first step toward a solution is, politically: Progressively minded people to start developing a more ideologically robust theory of the media.

I’m not a socialist, but something I think socialists get right (with Noam Chomsky as the giant here) is to insist that we contextualize media conduct with regard to the concrete material interests in play.
media  media-literacy  journalism 
13 days ago by jbrennan
Elon Musk Is No Donald Trump
There are many proposed solutions to the news literacy problem out there. NewsGuard offers seals of approval. The News Literacy Project designs curricula. I will talk at any length about transparency, and about treating your audience with trust and respect. If you’ve got a few dollars to spare, you can do what Jeff Bezos did: He bought a great news organization and by all accounts learned enough about the business fast to make a real impact. It's not as complicated as Alexa!

But I also like Nate Silver’s more modest suggestion. Silver wrote that Musk’s idea was the “spectacularly bad take you write when you have no fucking idea what you're talking about but want to sound like you do” and suggested that he “go spend time in an actual newsroom or get to know some journalists.”
elon-musk  donald-trump  ben-smith  buzzfeed  journalism  media-literacy  nate-silver 
may 2018 by yolandaenoch
We Should Put Fact-Checking Tools In the Core Browser | Hapgood
Early in the history of the browser various features were introduced that helped with navigation: bookmarks, bookmark organization, browsable history, omnibar search, URL autocomplete (which ended  up eroding bookmark use). Icons showing when a connection was secure. Malicious site blocking. But as the web developed, the main focus of the browser wars ended up being less the browser as a navigation device and more the browser as an application platform. The interaction designs and renderings browsers support still advance year over year but the browser as a piece of user-focused software stalled decades ago. Mobile use, with it’s thin, crippled UI, just compounded that trend. Extensions were proposed as a solution for extensibility, but the nature of them just served to further impoverish core development.
mike-caulfield  browser  web-browsers  fake-news  media-literacy 
april 2018 by jbrennan
You Think You Want Media Literacy… Do You? – Data & Society: Points
Realizing that history is written by the winners shook me to my core. This is the power of education.
danah-boyd  media  media-literacy  education  medium 
march 2018 by yolandaenoch
The Power of Explaining to Others | Hapgood
When we argue we become dumber, more blind to our own lack of knowledge and logical inconsistencies. When we try to explain or summarize how things work, on the other hand, we suddenly realize that we don’t know as much as we think we do, and we tend to moderate our opinions, and be more open to data that may conflict with our beliefs. Curiosity replaces dogma

People wonder why I got obsessed with federated wiki. I got obsessed for a number of reasons, but as I discussed in The Garden and the Stream, one of the primary ones was this: a daily process of trying to explain and connect incoming ideas rather than rating them and arguing them changes your brain in helpful ways. Federated wiki takes us down a path of explanation and connection. Traditional social media takes us down a path of argument and retrenchment.

People wonder why I spent time on Choral Explanations as a future for OER. The reason? It’s likely to be the future that most advances the ability of students to learn. When students have to explain things to others (rather than argue a point) they must address gaps in their own knowledge. They must pierce the “illusion of explanatory depth” and realize wow, they actually have no idea what they are talking about. Only then can they rectify that.
education  teaching  media-literacy  thinking 
may 2017 by jbrennan

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