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Seriously? Seriously. The Importance of Teaching Reading and Writing in Social Media

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GSE’s Kristen Turner, Ph.D., and co-author Troy Hicks, Ph.D., of Central Michigan University recently published Argument in the Real World with Heinemann Publishing. In this Medium piece, they offer advice on being mindful readers and writers on social media, as well as tips on teaching media mindfulness. Read the full post on Medium.

In October 2016, Ira Glass and the This American Life team asked an important question: Seriously?

The title of episode 599 suggested that something was fundamentally wrong with public discourse. Glass explained in the introduction to the show.

The presentation of facts is seen as partisan opinion, and then every day a barrage of untruths are presented as truth, and we’re just supposed to suck it up. That’s the moment we live in. That’s our country right now. And this is going to continue after this election, no matter who wins. Like, this is the rest of our lives, I think, this post-truth politics. With so many of us getting our news from social media and from sources that we agree with, it’s easier than ever to check if a fact is true, and facts matter less than ever. — Ira Glass, on This American Life

When Oxford Dictionaries names “post-truth” as the word of the year, we agree with Glass that there is something seriously problematic about the ways we as adults, as well as our students, interact with social media. “Post-truth” happens when we retweet and share without critical reading. It happens when information remains in a filter bubble. And it happens when individuals and corporations can hide in anonymity while sharing fake news. As it happens, we can fall prey to misinformation.

Read the full post on Medium.

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