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The Misinformation Threat

Lecture no. 1 from the course: Fighting Misinformation: Digital Media Literacy

The Misinformation Threat

Taught by Professor Tara Susman-Pena and 2 others | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Professional Development Courses

Democracy depends on a well-informed, discerning electorate, equipped to judge the validity of the information available. In this first lecture, Ms. Susman-Peña and her esteemed colleagues at IREX delve into the concepts of misinformation and disinformation, and explain the critical ways in which falsehoods, slander, prejudice, and bad ideas can threaten American democracy.

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d********m
January 20, 2020
She starts off the course by citing "Kremlin propaganda" in Ukraine while completely ignoring western propaganda in Ukraine. She then goes on to cite the anti-vaxx movement in America as another example of disinformation, blaming the Kremlin for that too. Then she goes on in a 3rd unrelated example to complain about "Russian bots" on twitter. I wonder if she blames the Kremlin for morning traffic and tooth aches too? This is nothing more than shameless, Russophobic, red scare propaganda. It's a throwback to the McCarythist era. She mentions that she works for "IREX" I wonder who funds that organization? Oh, what a surprise, a U.S. backed NGO, no conflicts of interest there! This course claims to counter disinformation and propaganda, if that is the case, it does so by being a prime example of disinformation and propaganda. And to the reviewer g********t below: 2008-2016 was no more treasonous than 2001-2008 or the entire decades of the 90s and 80s.

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r********m
January 12, 2020
You know nothing, d******m. The problem is not "triggering" information, but the ABSENCE of information. The absence of criticizing the mainstream media which is the #1 producer of fake, biased or missing information. They do not inform anymore, they only manipulate. It's a huge omittance not to criticize the MSM at all. 70% of Americans (and also many Europeans) don't trust their own MSM anymore. This lowest ratio of all times is not happening by coincidence. This has a reason. And sorry, neither the overly hyped climate change nor racism are the biggest problems of our time. The decline of world-wide IQ is a much, much more serious issue, which gets completely ignored by our media. They prefer celebrating a 16yr autistic girl - who probably won't even finish high school - as the new Messias. What a time to be alive. This course is completely worthless if it does not dare to call out the biggest source of misinformation: Our own western media.

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d********m
January 11, 2020
It is interesting that the reviews are so polarized. Polarization, as the speaker indicates, is a problem that results from "triggering" information. It seems that something was triggered for a few viewers of this lecture series.

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