Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Webinar: Citizens’ approaches to evaluating political ‘facts’ in the fake news era

There is a free webinar on 19 June 2019 at 3-4pm UK time, organised by the OneHE Mindsets Information Digital & Media Literacy thematic network: Citizens’ approaches to evaluating political ‘facts’ in the fake news era. It is presented by Professor Rita Marcella and Dr Graeme Baxter, Robert Gordon University. "Recent years have seen significant public discourse surrounding the concepts of ‘post-truth politics’, ‘fake news’, and ‘alternative facts’ online, with much of it focusing on ‘Brexit’ or Donald Trump’s election campaign and presidency. This webinar will reflect upon recent research into fact response, fact checking, and the journey of the political fact. This research, conducted during the 2017 UK General Election campaign, consisted of two interrelated studies: 1) an online survey of the general public (n = 538); and 2) a series of 23 electronically-assisted interviews with citizens in North-East Scotland. Both studies explored the tactics and heuristics used in evaluating the credibility of ‘facts’ presented online by Scottish political actors." Register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/citizens-approaches-to-evaluating-political-facts-in-the-fake-news-era-registration-62206243549
Photo by Sheila Webber: bee on Eschscholzia californica, June 2019

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