Thursday, January 31, 2019

Rethinking Information Literacy and Political Polarization in a Post-Truth Era #infolit

There is a free ACRL Student Learning & Information Literacy webinar on 15 February 2019 at 11am US Central time (which is, for example, 5pm UK time) The Failure of Skepticism: Rethinking Information Literacy and Political Polarization in a Post-Truth Era. "Fake news has been shown to spread far faster than facts on social media platforms. Rampant fake news has led to deep political polarization and the undermining of basic democratic institutions. Skepticism is an important component of information literacy and has often been pointed to as the antidote to the fake news epidemic. Why are skepticism and information literacy failing so terrifically in this post-truth era? The presenters will summarize research drawn from the fields of psychology and mass communication that shows just how hardwired people are to believe information from their own “tribes” and resist outside contrary information.... This webinar will introduce some ideas for that overhaul and will also provide practical classroom activities that do a better job of addressing the cognitive aspects of information literacy and skepticism." Presenters are Chris Sweet, Illinois Wesleyan University; Troy Swanson, Moraine Valley Community College; Jeremy L. Shermak, University of Texas at Austin. Registration at
Photo by Sheila Webber: splintered, Sheffield, January 2019

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