"Look no further than Critical Reasoning For Beginners, the top rated iTunesU collection of lectures led by Oxford University’s Marianne Talbot.
Talbot builds the course from the ground up, and begins by explaining that arguments consist of a set of premises that, logically linked together, lead to a conclusion. She proceeds to outline the way to lay out an argument logically and clearly, and eventually, the basic steps involved in assessing its strengths and weaknesses. "
"By the end of this talk, there will be 864 more hours of video on YouTube and 2.5 million more photos on Facebook and Instagram. So how do we sort through the deluge? At the TEDSalon in London, Markham Nolan shares the investigative techniques he and his team use to verify information in real-time, to let you know if that Statue of Liberty image has been doctored or if that video leaked from Syria is legitimate.
"A picture is not always as it seems.
On Sunday, CNN International anchor Hala Gorani tweeted a photo of a Syrian boy crossing the desert to Jordan. The striking image of the 4-year-old was widely shared around the Web. But it wasn't long before details of the photo became jumbled, leading many to mistakenly assume the boy was wandering the desert or fleeing Syria alone."
"Truth telling and debunking are fundamental journalistic acts, online or otherwise, but the viral debunk is a distinctive take on an old standby; it’s a form-fitting response to a new style of hoax, much in same the way that Snopes and Hoax-Slayer were an answer to ungoverned email hoaxes, or that Politifact and FactCheck.org arose in response to a narrow, but popular, category of misinformation — false statements by public figures, uncritically amplified in the frenzy of political campaign."
RT @TeachThought: News Literacy: Critical-Thinking Skills for the 21st Century http://t.co/kkVFBFRHSm via @edutopia #education #21stedchat
"January 29, 2014 by MBZ
Last week’s readings were about the application of critical thinking to inform search skills and crap detection. Postman draws our attention to the fact that such skills are grounded in a person’s values and this notion is echoed as Rheingold (2012) discusses the echo chamber effect. This is the notion that bloggers quote other bloggers they agree with. This issue can be exacerbated by the functionalities of the web, which track users’ history and frequent interests to drive search results. In short, we begin to find what we are looking for and I think both Postman and Rheingold would agree that their is a deep danger in only looking for information that is similar to what we think. As such, I would like to assert that we have a moral imperative to begin instilling dialogic values in our youth. By dialogic, I mean an openness to a multiplicity of ways of thinking about a certain topic or event in time."
student blogger expands crap detection as a thinking tool #comm183 http://t.co/uDtPvOOU8n (really exemplary)
Davey Winder explains why you shouldn't believe everything you read on Facebook - even if it looks like it comes from the site
Not all social media scams are harmful, and they certainly don’t all infect you with malware or collect Likes for scammers to sell to the highest bidder.
Some are merely irritating – but once they’re running, they may be difficult to stop. My plea this month is this: please be aware of Facebook fakes and stop reposting them."
"These two videos provide examples of evaluating websites and articles using the C.R.A.P. test (Currency, Reliability, Authority, and Purpose/Point of view)."
@sebastienmarion One of the resources for #comm183 is the screencast about the craap test. http://t.co/Rhg6QoYdHF
Link broken. Robert Proctor doesn't think so. A historian of science at Stanford, Proctor points out that when it comes to many contentious subjects, our usual relationship to information is reversed: Ignorance increases.\n\nHe has developed a word inspired by this tren
"Welcome to Antiviral, an occasional column in which we run down the worst hoaxes, pranks, Photoshops and straight-out lies blowing up on the internet."
RT @drbrake: Gawker serving the public good - really! New column: Antiviral: What's Bullsh*t on the Internet This Week http://t.co/2MOG6mYK…
"A satirical website managed to fool a number of social media users into thinking 37 people had died from smoking marijuana in Colorado on 1 January - the day it became legal for anyone to buy the drug from licensed shops in the state."
"Gary Greenberg, the psychotherapist who had unintentionally convinced journalists around the country that he had grown up toking up with a New York Times columnist, was having a good day. Greenberg’s essay, a takedown of David Brooks’ anti-pot confessional column written as if Greenberg and Brooks were childhood smoking buddies, had become easily the most popular piece ever published on Greenberg’s personal blog. He had gotten interest from (among others) The Atlantic, The Washington Examiner, and The Huffington Post.
“First of all,” Greenberg said, “almost everyone thinks it’s true.”"
Through their training, scientists are equipped with what Sagan calls a “baloney detection kit” — a set of cognitive tools and techniques that fortify the mind against penetration by falsehoods:
RT @njsmyth: The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking http://t.co/73QvzqQRJv
You've seen it all before. A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. A political sideshow derails the national news cycle and destroys a candidate. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like me.
I’m a media manipulator. In a world where blogs control and distort the news, my job is to control blogs—as much as any one person can.
"Tracking A Meme: "Suspended Coffee""Kathy Gill crap detects an Internet meme
MT Max_Fisher #crap_detection case history: Kim Jong Un probably didn't feed his uncle to 120 hungry dogs. http://t.co/BFVMl8zm0b
Real-time verification of breaking news increasingly involves the use of crowdsourcing and other social tools, and both Storyful and Reddit’s Syrian civil war forum are good examples of how to do it properly and effectively"
"Truth has never been an essential ingredient of viral content on the Internet. But in the stepped-up competition for readers, digital news sites are increasingly blurring the line between fact and fiction, and saying that it is all part of doing business in the rough-and-tumble world of online journalism."
RT @davewiner: NYT: If a Story Is Viral, Truth May Be Taking a Beating. http://t.co/GAN1AYiV3c
"The Truth Behind That Epic Note-Passing War On A Thanksgiving Flight
Was it all just a brilliant hoax?
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