Saturday, April 8 at 4:00 pm

Consider the Source: Truth and News in the Misinformation Age, Part 1

Part 1: Facts or Fakes: Finding Reliable Information in the Digital Age

“Post-truth” was declared the international word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries in 2016.  It is defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

In today’s post-truth (and often polarized) environment, how and where do we get reliable, honest, and somewhat objective information, especially online?  On Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., Katherine O’Neil, Director of the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives, will offer a presentation aimed at giving you the skills to navigate the modern information landscape.  She will discuss the ways in which the democratization of information available online and the influence of social media have given rise to virtual “echo chambers” and “filter bubbles” and how that necessitates sustained critical thinking and engagement on the part of the reader.

About the presenter: Katherine O’Neil is Director of the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives.  She previously worked as a Technical Services and Reference Librarian at the Westfield Athenaeum and as an Adult Librarian for Los Angeles Public Library.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English & American Literature & Language from Harvard University and her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Join us for the second session in this series – Fake News, Real News: Why the Difference Matters to Our Democracy – on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.




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