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Fake News and "Post-Truth": Resources for Citizens, Students and Educators: FYS

Resources to extend Post-Truth panel series discussion

Carl Sagan Essay

FYS Summer Reading Essay: 
The Fine Art of Baloney Detection

From Carl Sagan's book:  The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Read a sample of the book below. For a larger view, click on "Google Books" in the bottom of the preview below:



Guardians of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools
Produced by the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools in partnership with the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and others.

Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning (executive summary) by the Stanford History Education Group

Academic papers

Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election
by Hunt Allcott and Matthew Gentzkow

Journal of Economic Perspectives 31(2) pp. 211–236, 2017

Confronting Confirmation Bias: Giving Truth a Fighting Chance in the Information Age
by Alan C. Miller

Social Education 80(5), pp 276– 279, 2016

From a global perspective

Fake News is a Red Herring by Ethan Zuckerman on from Germany
"Fake news, propaganda and "disinformatzya" are changing the media landscape - in the US, Russia and Turkey and across the world. The question is how to combat them."

Fake news quiz

Fake News Quiz: Factitious

Test your ability to detect fake news. 

From American University's Journalism Leadership Transformation program

Baloney Detection Kit: Dr. Michael Shermer


From radio and TV outlets

The Very Real Consequences of Fake News Stories and Why Your Brain Can't Ignore Them
by Nsikan Akpan, PBS NewsHour, 5 Dec. 2016

A Finder's Guide to Facts
by Steve Inskeep, National Public Radio, 11 Dec. 2016

A Savvy News Consumer’s Guide: How Not To Get Duped
by Alicia Shepard, Moyers & Company, 9 Dec. 2016

From magazine publishers

“'Fake News' And How The Washington Post Rewrote Its Story On Russian Hacking Of The Power Grid.”
by Kalev Leetaru, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2017

From newspapers

 “For 'The New Yellow Journalists,' It's about Clicks and Bucks"
by Terrence Mccoy.The Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2016

"The Fake News That Haunted George Washington."
by Gregory S. Schneider, The Washington Post, 10 April 2017

The Real Story About Fake News Is Partisanship
by Amanda Taub, New York Times, 1 Jan 2017

Course: Calling Bullshit

Course materials shared online for University of Washington course, "Calling Bullshit" include a syllabus and readings, and more.