News, Fake News, and Spin: Virtual Program with Michael Edmonds

Research shows that most of us have a hard time recognizing disinformation when we see it on our phones, tablets, and computers. At the height of the 2016 election, Americans clicked on fake news more often than on professional journalism. In this talk, author Michael Edmonds will describe the tech giants, Big Data, and how they try to sway our opinions and change our behavior. He'll explain how bias, propaganda, fake news, and disinformation work. And he'll show you how to fact-check stories and find trustworthy sources. When you leave, you'll know how to detect deception and discover reliable information on any topic – skills that are more important than ever in this election year. Edmonds worked as a research librarian at the Wisconsin Historical Society and taught information studies at the University of Wisconsin for more than 30 years. This talk is based on media literacy courses he's teaching for MATC's Continuing Ed program and local high schools in 2020.

Virtual Event. We will use Zoom.  Registration required. Please email to register and receive the link to join. There is also a call in option. If you'd prefer to use your telephone, please call 608-437-5021 to register. 


Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 6:30pm