IND 101 M4.2 Discussion From a Post-Truth World to a Pro-Truth World
Today, the prevalence of social media, the rise of algorithms, filter bubbles, “bots”, and international hacking efforts have brought the issue of “fake news” to the forefront of our national and international consciousness. As you read in the webtext this week, the spread of misinformation is not an entirely new problem and it does not have one simple solution. However, there are changes all information consumers can make to how they engage with stories, facts, and data that can lead us from a “post-truth” world to a “pro-truth” world.
Begin by reading chapter 4 of the webtext and viewing all of Professor Alex Edmans’ TED Talk “What to Trust in a ‘Post-Truth’ World”, below.
Edmans, Al. (2018). What to trust in a “post-truth” worldLinks to an external site.. TedTalk. [Video: 17:40 minutes]. .
Initial post: By Thursday of Module 4, create an initial post that responds to each of the prompts below:
You will not be able to see posts written by your classmates until you create your initial post.
Replies: From Friday through Sunday of Module 4, reply to your classmates’ initial posts and engage with them in a conversation about the future of this topic. Do you think the problem of confirmation bias and “fake news” is likely to get better or worse in the future? Why? Please be sure to reply to at least two of your peers’ posts.