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Check, Please! Starter Course Released

As of yesterday, we’ve released the Check, Please! Starter Course, a three hour online module on source and fact-checking that can be dropped into any course or taken as a self-study experience. The techniques we teach in the course are the same moves in the popular open textbook Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers, but we … Continue reading Check, Please! Starter Course Released

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 00:09:08 +0000


Ring Videos Create a Community Demand for Shareable Crime

I’ve been going through my NextDoor community because — well, I have to keep on top of new problems in social media and information. On good days that means I scroll through TikTok, on bad ones, NextDoor. One thing people occasionally do on NextDoor is share Ring videos. Some are of legit crimes; the ones … Continue reading Ring Videos Create a Community Demand for Shareable Crime

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:53:20 +0000


Does It Stick?

A question we get asked a lot about our four moves curriculum is whether it sticks. Can a two or three week intervention really change people’s approach online to information permanently? Remember, we don’t do traditional news literacy. We don’t do traditional media literacy. We don’t teach people about newspapers, communications theory, or any of … Continue reading Does It Stick?

Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:34:47 +0000


SIFT (The Four Moves)

Author’s note: Back in early 2017 I introduced the “four moves”, a set of strategies that students could use on the web instead of checklist approaches such as CRAAP and incoherent lists of tips. The moves were based on my own experience teaching civic digital literacy and emerging research from Sam Wineburg and his team. … Continue reading SIFT (The Four Moves)

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 23:20:33 +0000


TikTok’s Current Disinformation of Choice Is Fake Hacks

Found some disinfo on TikTok today which had apparently started on Facebook. It’s a video that promotes a variety of bogus and increasingly bizarre claims — there are plastic shards in rice that show up when put in a hot pan, harmful magnetic gunk in your baby formula you can extract with a magnet, poisonous … Continue reading TikTok’s Current Disinformation of Choice Is Fake Hacks

Mon, 03 Jun 2019 03:45:32 +0000


Pelosi and Doubling-Tracking

There’s a video going around that purportedly shows Nancy Pelosi drunk or unwell, answering a question about Trump in a slow and slurred way. It turns out that it is slowed down, and that the original video shows her quite engaged and articulate. Two things about this. The first is that our four moves (SIFT) … Continue reading Pelosi and Doubling-Tracking

Fri, 24 May 2019 20:14:17 +0000


Using Changes in Framing to Figure Out Where to Focus Attention

I have so much writing backlogged I need to get a few quick hits out to clear the logjam. Here’s a good example of a statistical false frame that’s visual enough for a slide. It says “Washington Post” on the bottom there, but of course the Washington Post version lacks the “presidential term” markers. When … Continue reading Using Changes in Framing to Figure Out Where to Focus Attention

Wed, 22 May 2019 00:52:16 +0000


Introducing SIFT, a Four Moves Acronym

The Four Moves have undergone some tweaking since I first introduced them in early 2017. The language has shifted, been refined. We’ve come to see that lateral reading is more of a principle underlying at least two of the moves (maybe three). We’ve removed a reference to “go upstream” which was a bit geeky. All … Continue reading Introducing SIFT, a Four Moves Acronym

Sun, 12 May 2019 18:18:18 +0000


The Curation/Search Radicalization Spiral

Sam prides himself on questioning conventional wisdom and subjecting claims to intellectual scrutiny. For kids today, that means Googling stuff. One might think these searches would turn up a variety of perspectives, including at least a few compelling counterarguments. One would be wrong. The Google searches flooded his developing brain with endless bias-confirming “proof” to … Continue reading The Curation/Search Radicalization Spiral

Tue, 07 May 2019 17:47:12 +0000


Data Voids and the Google This Ploy: Kalergi Plan

If you want to see how data voids are utilized by extremists, here’s a good example. Last night a prominent conservative organization tweeted this image: You see the beach ball, right? It asks you to Google the “Kalergi Plan”. What’s that? It’s an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that has its roots in “the ‘white genocide’ and … Continue reading Data Voids and the Google This Ploy: Kalergi Plan

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 21:48:03 +0000


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