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The “Free” Things Online Are Never Actually Free

su This came to mind recently because of a comment I saw on someone's blog to do with a news site requiring a subscription to read article. With the explosion of the internet in recent years and the vast amount of content that's available, we've come to expect things to be free. Except none of… Continue reading The “Free” Things Online Are Never Actually Free

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What Is… The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

News Literacy Project In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week we're looking at the psychology behind conspiracy theories. This topic came up in a recent post by Andy of Eden in Babylon. In particular, the Q-Anon conspiracy theory has become quite popular, despite its utter absurdity.… Continue reading What Is… The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

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Separating Reality from Fake Health News

HoIFLA, Wikimedia Commons During this global pandemic, there's a lot of wild and wacky news out there in the world.  This infographic from the International Federation of Library Association and Institutions gives some handy tips for separating the facts from the crap.  In this post, I'll go through those tips with respect to spotting fake… Continue reading Separating Reality from Fake Health News

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Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

Can You Believe Statistics?

There are all kinds of statistics that get thrown around, some of which appear rather dubious.  As a result, there seems to be a lot of suspicion about statistics in general.  But is that warranted? Let's start with what statistics are.  According to Wikipedia, statistics is "the discipline that concerns the collection, organization, displaying, analysis,… Continue reading Can You Believe Statistics?

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Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

Separating Fake News From Fact

Image by pixel2013 from Pixabay The term fake news has been popularized by the current U.S. president, but how good are we at distinguishing fact from fiction?  The volume of information on the internet is truly astonishing.  There's quite a bit of good, but also a whole lot of crap.  Sometimes it's fairly easy to tell that a website… Continue reading Separating Fake News From Fact

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Media Literacy Week: How to Be a Discerning Wikipedia User

It's Media Literacy Week November 5-9, 2018, so I wanted to write about media literacy when it comes to one of my favourite go-to sources of information, Wikipedia.  We've come a long way since I was in high school and the World Book Encyclopedia reigned supreme.  Still, with World Book, you could pretty confident that the… Continue reading Media Literacy Week: How to Be a Discerning Wikipedia User