Check Please Starter Course. My reactions and takeaways.

Check Please Starter Course. My reactions and takeaways.

At first sight of this course and after reading the description I thought it was going to be useless and boring to me. After getting past the first lesson I felt more intrigued. I say this because it was somewhat relatable. A specific example of this would be the “Fakeout” part where you try to detect what is fake news and what is not by analyzing claims and sources. Another detail I agree with is the use of a checklist process to see how credible a source or web page is. Everything they stated about the checklist was true and I use when I am finding a credible source (which is wrong). After reading about what CRAAP is it made me look differently on how I find sources. Along with CRAAP I thought that SIFT was very useful as well. After reading about SIFT I truly believe its important to trace certain claims and quotes when looking for a source. One more detail I liked about lesson one was the video of the miseducated child. It went into depth about how googles algorithm is corrupt in a way and how its somewhat easy for extremist ideas to spread. This for sure grabbed my attention.

During the second lesson the Wikipedia techniques were very useful to watch and learn them. Like any student ever, we have all used Wikipedia for a paper, project, etc. I am glad I learned how to correctly research an expert or a organization via Wikipedia and find if its credible or not. Also I liked the part where you kidn of fact checked two different news stories. My takeaway from that would be a difference in authority comes in to hand when doing research like this. The local paper (The Vindy. Local Newspaper in Ohio) had a lot less authority on a smaller scale than ABC News which is more world wide. One more thing I would like to elaborate on would be faux tire and satirical sites. They are honestly funny and the example this lesson provided was pretty funny to read the stories were outrageous.

Lesson 3 seems to start of strong with a controversy over MH-17 flight which was pretty interesting to me.

What obligations do American companies have to prevent this sort of use of their platforms? What responsibilities belong with the reader instead? I feel the reader needs to pay attention to certain details while reading something about another country. Also in my life I have never seen disinformation coming from the United States.

One of the understandings key to media literacy is “authority is constructed and contextual”. Different communities (scientists, reporters, politicians, psychologists, car mechanics) have different criteria for authority (constructed) and the type and level of authority you need may depend on your context (contextual). What other types of expertise could this issue benefit from? Another type that could benefit would be any certain business or maybe a doctor or a dentist.

Out of all the things that were touched on in lesson three I felt that Just Add Wikipedia for organizations and experts was the most beneficial. I can actually see myself using that in the near future.

Lesson 4

Why did we search for Keanu Reeves instead of Keanu Reeves snowboard? They searched just his name to see if multiple sources were covering his “death” and if the stories matched between all the sources if multiple sources covered it.

Why do you think so many otherwise smart people make errors when it comes to death hoaxes? What are the emotional drivers? What are the social incentives that push people not to check? I feel the person making the hoax is trying to trigger a certain audience and in some cases this works effectively. The emotional drivers are for sure the title and how they state this said person dies. What makes people not check I guess is just instantly sharing it and not reading in depth to sense if its false information.

“The idea behind trading up is that you can use social media to discover stories relevant to you, but when you find the stories, take a moment to “zoom out” and get the best reporting or analysis on it, rather than simply reading the specific article that happens to find its way to you.” I agree with this statement and I feel this happens ti anyone who scrolls through Instagram, Twitter, and especially Facebook.

Out of all the lessons we had to go through I thought that lessons four and five were very helpful and fun to learn about. I ultimately agree that they were the most relatable to people my age and that is why kept my attention and wanted me to learn more and more.

10 thoughts on “Check Please Starter Course. My reactions and takeaways.

  1. I really appreciate your thoughts and analysis here! Great job! You said above that you have never seen disinformation coming from the United States. This is intriguing to me, how can you be sure?

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