Discussion: Rumors, Retweets, and Reason
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James Montgomery Flagg (American, 1877–1960), "Wake Up, America! Civilization Calls Every Man, Woman, and Child," 1917. Color lithograph poster, sheet: 40 1/4 x 27 5/8 in. (104.8 x 70.2 cm). Printed by The Hegeman Print, New York, for the Mayor’s Committee. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Sean H. Thackrey, 1979.1.8.
"Fake News," both the term and the profusion of stories that are incomplete or entirely fabricated to misguide, misinform, or sway the public, is everywhere. During the World Wars, messages were spread through posters and ads, as seen in Weapons of Mass Seduction. Today, it bombards us through our social media feeds. Craig Silverman, Buzzfeed; Laura Sydell, NPR; Craig Newmark, Craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies will take us through their work on the widespread phenomenon of fake news, why we believe it, and how we can combat it.
Craig Silverman is a media editor at Buzzfeed and author of the term “fake news”. He will address how the 20th century World Wars inspired a significant amount of research into rumors and rumor psychology and its impact on misinformation and bias. Laura Sydell is a correspondent for NPR’s Arts Desk. She is currently the Digital Culture Correspondent for NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and NPR.org. Her recent interview with a major fake news creator aired on All Things Considered. Craig Newmark founded Craigslist as well as Craig Newmark Philanthropies and has recently teamed up with Facebook and Google to identify and rank trusted news sources on their platforms.
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