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Disinformation, Misinformation, and Fake News
March 10, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm UTC+0
Clackamas County Equity Coalition is pleased to present a workshop on March 10, exploring ‘Disinformation, Misinformation, and Fake News‘
The program is presented in partnership with Jane Littlefield from Clackamas Community College.
The West Linn Alliance is a supporting member of the CC Equity Coalition.
Date & Time: Thursday March 10, 4:30-6:00 pm
Location: Virtual Meeting – Online
Information can be used for freedom and information can be used for oppression. The same can be said for the systems and structures we use to access, create, share, restrict, and withhold information. During this free community presentation, we will explore one phenomenon within the information landscape – misinformation and disinformation – and its impact on equity in our lives.
We invite you to learn how you can better identify mis- and disinformation, how to respond to folks who believe or spread false information, and how you can strengthen your equitable practice as an information consumer and creator. In the breakout rooms that follow, you’ll have a chance to apply your new knowledge and reflect upon how mis- and disinformation show up and impact equity in your communities.
“Fake News” What is it?
Sorting through the vast amount of information created and shared online is challenging even for experts. This guide defines terms including and related to “fake news” while offering resources and information to avoid both reading and sharing it.
These are important information evaluation skills that you’ll use for the rest of your life. The more aware you are of what false information is and how it spreads, the better you will be at avoiding it yourself – and helping your friends and family do the same.
Fake news is a problem. Fake news stories are ubiquitous – everywhere – in the information water we swim in. Current events around COVID-19, social justice, elections, public schooling, healthcare, and many more are all impacted by fake news, as are the choices individuals, families, and communities make based on misleading or fabricated information.
Fake news can hurt you.
- You deserve the truth. You are smart enough to make up your own mind – as long as you have real facts in front of you. You have every right to be insulted when you read fake news: you are being lied to by someone or something looking to benefit off of your error in judgement.
- Fake news destroys your credibility. If your arguments are built on bad information, it will be much more difficult for people to believe you in the future.
- Fake news can hurt you, and a lot of other people. Purveyors of fake and misleading medical advice like Mercola.com and NaturalNews.com help perpetuate myths like HIV and AIDS aren’t related, or that vaccines cause autism. These sites are heavily visited and their lies are dangerous.
- Real news can benefit you. If you want to buy stock in a company, you want to read accurate articles about that company so you can invest wisely. If you are planning on voting in an election, you want to read as much good information on a candidate so you can vote for the person who best represents your ideas and beliefs. Fake news will not help you make money or make the world a better place, but real news can.
We hope you will join us for this timely workshop.