Monday, February 22, 2021

Another Article for Discussion: Don't go down the Rabbit Hole


 

As if the Librarian War on QAnon article wasn't enough, I found this essay in The NYT as a follow-up:

WARZEL, C.

Opinion | Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole: Critical thinking, as we’re taught to do it, isn’t helping in the fight against misinformation.


 Warzel, C., 2021. Opinion | Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole: Critical thinking, as we’re taught to do it, isn’t helping in the fight against misinformation. [online] Nytimes.com. Available at: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/18/opinion/fake-news-media-attention.html [Accessed 22 February 2021].


This article proposes teaching students (and others) the SIFT method used by fact checkers, in part because it's quick and simple:

  1. Stop.
  2. Investigate the source.
  3. Find better coverage.
  4. Trace claims, quotes and media to the original context.

Let's continue the conversation: What do you think?