Don’t Fall for Fake News!

This term our library hosted three events focusing on understanding fake news. You can watch them on YouTube and download them as podcasts.


The Big Fake Out: Why Do we Fall for Fake News?

Our world of seamless information sharing and low-attention spans make it easy to spread news stories that are entirely fabricated. An entire industry of fake news sites has emerged generating advertising revenue for their owners. How do preexisting beliefs make us fall victim to outrageous stories? Why can’t we make rational decisions when it comes to evaluating information? How do our Why can’t we resist sharing articles that confirm our views? A panel of faculty members from philosophy, sociology, and psychology discuss these questions. Listen here: https://searchtips.lib.morainevalley.edu/the-big-fake-out-why-do-we-fall-for-fake-news/

Playing the Fake News Game: An Interactive Event & Discussion
Join us in playing our own news game that is in the tradition of NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. Can you separate fake news from actual news stories? Fabricated news stories spread across the internet like wildfire impacting how we understand our world and how we make decisions as citizens. This event will discuss ways we can prevent ourselves from falling victim to online falsehoods. Listen here: https://searchtips.lib.morainevalley.edu/playing-the-fake-news-game-an-interactive-event-discussion/

Fake News, Journalism, and Media with the Chicago Tribune’s Margaret Holt
Margaret Holt, Standards Editor with the Chicago Tribune, discusses her career as a journalist and editor. She also discusses the impact of fake news and the state of journalism. Listen here: https://searchtips.lib.morainevalley.edu/fake-news-journalism-and-media-with-the-chicago-tribunes-margaret-holt/

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