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DISINFORMATION: The Straight Scoop
Friday, June 18, 2021, 3:00 PM
We are constantly bombarded with news. The problem is, how does one discern what is fact, what is opinion, and what is misinformation. People can be very susceptible to misinformation - especially when it supports beliefs they already hold, regardless of what those beliefs are. The media - be it broadcast or cable news, talk radio, the written press, or the range of social media - needs to be confronted with this issue. Fact-checking and the offer of various points of view should be routine.
Dr. Nicholas Ashford will speak to us about misinformation and lies in the media. You may have seen his articles in the New York Times:
“The Lies on Broadcast Media” (March 31, 2021) and “Not on Facebook? You’re Still Likely Being Fed Misinformation.” Dr. Ashford is a professor of Technology and Policy and Director of the Technology and Law Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds both a Ph.D in chemistry and a law degree. Dr. Ashford is a visiting scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, has written textbooks, and is involved in many research activities in addition to his teaching program.