Future-proofing ourselves from fake news
A topic that began as an exploration of popular conspiracy theories quickly turned to fake news as the line between fact and fiction continues to blur.One of the most important issues facing America today, fake news is complex, propelled by numerous factors, and leverages consumer data so well that anyone outside of the particular bubble hardly even knows it exists.
But after exploring the facets of the issue for almost three months, we found an alarming gap in the conversation: how are we dealing with the impact of fake news inside the classrooms
This episode of cultural standpoints investigates the educational challenge, including interviews with:
An ethics editor from NPR, a child psychologist, and a high school teacher.
Take a listen:
Fake news' ripple effect into the classroom
How children learn hate & aggression
Social media & rapid information consumption
Defining features of fake news
How teachers reinforce proper sources
The future for teachers & journalists
What's the solution?
There is no single solution to fake news. No individual school district, influential person, or tech company can tackle it alone. It will take a multitude of industries to come together and figure it all out. We could honestly make an entire series dedicated solely to investigating these solutions,
but there are a couple of glaring problems that need primary attention.
Teachers & Journalists need support
America's educators are already overworked. Other industries need to step up and create the success tools - whether it's a nonprofit developing an in-class workshop or giving parents the guidance on talking about the issue.
Local news needs a revival
Over the last decade, local papers across the country closed their doors and rural America became increasingly forgotten - opening the door for the nation's forgotten to seek out new outlets.
Tech & Social giants need to act
Fake news thrives because of the Internet. It allows fake stories to manifest, spread across social media, appear in search engines, and pay fake news authors through advertising. And it's all wildly uncontrolled.