I sincerely support 100% a “How To Spot Fake News” course for seniors!
I have senior scholars in my classes bc I believe in open access and information literacy for all.
Librarians do the best work in this area BTW. https://t.co/GPnpYJAhWa
— critical thinking is a cop (@criticalthotcop) February 26, 2020
I realize that a significant portion of the commentariat here is old enough to fall into the ‘senior’ class, but that’s all the more reason to keep our cohort fellows from embarrassing themselves. Per NPR:
… A recent study suggests these classes could be increasingly important. Researchers at Princeton and New York universities found that Facebook users 65 and over posted seven times as many articles from fake news websites, compared with adults under 29.
“And that raises a lot of questions about what could be driving this relationship,” says Andrew Guess, an assistant professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton and a co-author of the study…
Guess says there hasn’t been a lot of research into this question yet, but it’s likely digital literacy could have a lot to do with it. And he says that provides reason for optimism.
“People who are not digital natives didn’t grow up online, having a sort of a natural relationship to using computers and the Internet,” he says. “They are simply more susceptible to the kinds of online content that happened to be weaponized in that particular election. If it turns out this is the big part of the explanation, digital literacy is something that can be taught and it’s a skill that can be developed.”…
At the Schweinhaut Senior Center, trainer Bre Clark coaches participants about the difference between propaganda, deep fakes and sponsored content. And she runs through a checklist for evaluating information online: Who wrote the information? What’s the source of a claim? Does the author have an agenda?
“This topic is political,” Clark says. “And we form our opinions throughout our lifetime, and we get mired in our opinions as we grow older. And it’s not about being someone that can’t change their mind, it’s not those stereotypes of older adults.”…