Real or Fake? Making Our Way in Post Fact America
Tuesday, June 16 at 6 pm via Zoom
Misinformation, disinformation, and political rhetoric are not new, but is this more acute today than in the past? We are overwhelmed by information and the inexhaustible number of news sources that bring it to us. In this program, we looked at the impact of “fake news” and how we as citizens can remain educated, thoughtful, discerning consumers of information. View the program or watch the recorded program on YouTube.
(L-R) Melanie Plenda, Director, Granite State News Collaborative; Jim Schachter, President & CEO, New Hampshire Public Radio; Jay Schadler, formerly of ABC News; Facilitator: Dr. Tricia Peone, Public Programs Manager, New Hampshire Humanities
The "Big Questions" we explored...
• What is fake news? What does that mean?
• How can we evaluate the accuracy of the news?
• Has there always been fake news?
• What are some of the impacts of inaccurate or misleading reporting?
• What has been the impact so far of the COVID-19 pandemic on local news?
• What impact does fake news have on civic engagement?
For an audio recording of the program, click HERE. To view the video recording, click below.
NH Business Review: Coronavirus tests resilience, adaptability of the media industry
Smithsonian Magazine: The Age-Old Problem of “Fake News”
For more information about Ideas on Tap, contact Dr. Tricia Peone, Program Manager, at 603-224-4071, ext. 115 or email@example.com.
Interested in these topics?
Want to explore them more? Organize a similar event or a whole series in your community with the support of a New Hampshire Humanities Community Project Grant.
Recommended by participants
The Great Hack, film about Cambridge Analytica and the 2016 election available on Netflix
NPR piece on fake audio
Follow the Granite State News Collaborative on Twitter
Radiolab episode about deep fakes in Gabon
A brief history of the Fairness Doctrine
Resource page on media literacy from the Brookline Public Library
Watch the video “COVID-19 Fake News: How to Avoid Fake News, Myths, and Scams in the Coronavirus Age” from the Plaistow Public Library