What I’m reading: Feb. 16, 2017

If I thought there was too much daily information for me to absorb and process before Nov. 8 – well hoo, boy.

I’m trying out some techniques to a) read a sliver of what’s important to me, b) keep track of the research and story ideas that generates and c) try and occasionally go back to my notes, re-read, synthesize and think about misinformation problems on a deeper level.

Technique 1 is to keep a daily research journal. I’ve made a few entries. It’s a start.

Technique 2 is to write VERY QUICK blog posts on what I’m pondering and/or hope to research, with links to the stories that sparked the ponders. That way I can hopefully connect with people interested in the same ideas.

OK, today’s VERY QUICK thoughts:

  1. What can we learn from Wikipedia? What exactly are the “rigorous logic and rules” cited here? Could fact-checkers apply these? Can we teach these in news literacy courses for kids and the general public?
  2. What kind of research do we have about what techniques work in teaching news literacy to adults? I don’t mean broad-brush ideas like “don’t lecture, don’t insult” but really nitty-gritty approaches. I get the feeling from my interactions on Facebook that a lot of people assume the really simple debunk checks are beyond them, when they’re really not. How do we break through that assumption?
  3. Do we have anything like the well-rounded understanding of how people in the U.S. acquire news about the world in today’s info environment (e.g. social media vs. mainstream news sources vs. Wikipedia vs. personal conversation vs….?) I’m guessing no, though I intend to read up. Where do communication scholars think the biggest gaps are? It seems like we are fighting so blindly, trying to combat misinformation and misperceptions when we don’t fully understanding the components and interplay of people’s media diets.
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