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Let's Talk About Fake News - Adults

    A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age

    A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age - Daniel J. Levitin

    An esteemed psychology professor outlines recommendations for critical thinking practices that meet the challenges of the digital era's misinformation, demonstrating the role of science in information literacy while explaining the importance of skeptical reasoning in making decisions based on online information.
    Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles's War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News

    Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles's War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News - A. Brad Schwartz

    Examining the history behind the infamous War of the Worlds radio drama, the author draws upon the hundreds of letters sent directly to Orson Welles after the broadcast, revealing its true aftermath.
    Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News

    Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News - Kevin Young

    The award-winning author of The Grey Album traces the history of the hoax as a distinct American phenomenon, exploring the roles of stereotype, suspicion and racism as factors that have shaped fraudulent activities from the heyday of P. T. Barnum through the "fake news" activities of Donald Trump.
    Censored 2017: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2015-2016

    Censored 2017: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2015-2016 - Mickey Huff & Andy Lee Roth

    The annual yearbook from Project Censored features the year's most underreported news stories, striving to unmask censorship, self-censorship, and propaganda in corporate-controlled media outlets. Featuring the top 25 most underreported stories, as voted by scholars, journalists, and activists across the country and around the world, as well as chapters exploring timely issues from the previous year with more in-depth analysis.
    Deciding What's True: The Rise of Political Fact-Checking in American Journalism

    Deciding What's True: The Rise of Political Fact-Checking in American Journalism - Lucas Graves

    Over the past decade, outlets such as PolitiFact, FactCheck.org, and the Washington Post's Fact Checker have shaken up the political world by holding public figures accountable for what they say. Deciding What's True draws on Lucas Graves's unique access to the U.S. newsrooms leading the increasingly global fact-checking movement. Graves vividly recounts the routines of the journalists at three of these hyperconnected, technologically innovative news organizations. He shows how they tackle thorny political debates and reveals the values that drive their stories. He also plots a compelling, personality-driven history of the fact-checking movement and its recent evolution from the blogosphere, exploring its revolutionary challenge to journalistic ethics and practice.
    Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

    Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History - Kurt Anderson

    Explains how the influences of dreamers, zealots, hucksters, and superstitious groups shaped America's tendency toward a rich fantasy life, citing the roles of individuals from P.T. Barnum to Donald Trump in perpetuating conspiracy theories, self-delusion, and magical thinking.
    How Propaganda Works

    How Propaganda Works - Jason Stanley

    Drawing from a range of sources, including feminist theory, critical race theory, epistemology, formal semantics, educational theory, and social and cognitive psychology, Stanley explains how the manipulative and hypocritical declaration of flawed beliefs and ideologies arises from and perpetuates inequalities in society, such as the racial injustices that commonly occur in the United States. How Propaganda Works shows that an understanding of propaganda and its mechanisms is essential for the preservation and protection of liberal democracies everywhere.

    Journalism After Snowden: The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State

    Journalism After Snowden: The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State - Emily Bell & Taylor Owen

    The contributors to Journalism After Snowden analyze the implications of the Snowden affair for journalism and the future role of the profession as a watchdog for the public good. Integrating discussions of media, law, surveillance, technology, and national security, the book offers a timely and much-needed assessment of the promises and perils for journalism in the digital age.
    Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World

    Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World - James Ball

    2016 marked the dawn of the post-truth era. The year saw two shock election results, each of which has the potential to reshape the world: the UK's decision to leave the EU, and the elevation of Donald Trump to the office of US President. The campaigns highlighted many of the same issues in their home countries: social division, anger at the elite, anti-immigration sentiment and more. Post-truth is bigger than fake news and bigger than social media. It's about the slow rise of a political, media, and online infrastructure that has devalued truth.
    (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies

    (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies - Yael Melamede

    An exploration of the complex impact dishonesty has on our lives and everyday society.
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