This brings together a lot of topics: public opinion, polling, media, polarization, and the duty of citizens and opinion leaders to be responsible consumers and producers of political information (news literacy).
How can truth prevail in an information environment flooded with deception, including now deep fakes? The reporter in this video segment suggests (1) check the source and (2) Google it. This parallels what I see as the two most essential skills citizens need for navigating today’s incredibly complex information environment. Read more…
This would be excellent for discussing media — especially “new” media — and democracy. ‘Hard Questions: What Effect Does Social Media Have on Democracy?‘-Facebook Newsroom Link to US Civitas Facebook Discussion Thread
This is a wonderful analysis of the age of social media that brings together many common American Government themes. ‘It’s the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech‘-Wired Link to US Civitas Facebook Discussion Thread
Great for talking about media ownership, freedom of the press, and democracy. And don’t forget this one either …. ‘Sinclair “must-run” segment on family separation policy and child detention attacks the media‘-Media Matters Link to US Civitas Facebook Discussion Thread