Technical fixes

The emergence of fake news to which voters are increasingly vulnerable raises a number of questions about critical thinking pedagogy. We know part of the problem is social media and the way that it can allow campaigns to play directly to individuals, as reported in Vice. This describes not just an echo chamber but a tailored delivery of false alarms. It also fits my experience, how the political click bait I received in the Fall seemed to play to my fairly specific orientations and concerns. Such a climate makes it hard for anyone to look trustworthy.

The hope might therefore seem to lie in that same technology. However, that’s quite unlikely as explained in the Guardian.

So, it seems that critical thinking education may be more important than ever. However, we need to make it relevant to the new media. That is a humungous challenge.  Any suggestions?

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2 thoughts on “Technical fixes”

  1. Critical thinking in the social media sphere largely relies on knowing the source of your information and the agenda that the source is trying to push. I don’t see a way to educate on this issue without educating on the history of the media and the particulars of an individual news source, but given that there are so many places that information comes from these days, I don’t know how to make that doable.

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