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Motivated actors use media to influence our thinking and behavior. We can counterbalance such influences by slowing down, thinking critically, seeking additional perspectives and verifying sources. The greatest challenge is understanding how our personal values, beliefs and cognitive biases interact with the digital content we consume.

 

Take Action

Workshops

Start building your immunity from manipulation and polarization by following the action steps below. This is a starting point. We are actively improving this resource, so please share suggestions using our Survey

Topic

Tutorial

  Search Operators

Unlock the full potential of search engines and effectively locate the results you seek

 Context Searching

Deploy useful strategies when researching nuanced and complex topics

  Reverse Image Search

Locate the original source of images that are shared on social media

  Find in Page

Strategically search for words or phrases inside larger texts

  Google Alerts

Follow topics and people by receiving email alert when new information arises

  Text to Speech

Leverage this technology to gain hands-free access to text-based articles

 

Learn More

The potential for learning about media literacy is endless.  The challenge is knowing when you know enough, for now.  Check out the following resources when you're ready to keep going:

Library Books

Influence, new and expanded : the psychology of persuasion (digital audio)

By Robert B.Cialdini

Explains the psychology of why people say yes and how to apply these insights ethically and defend yourself against unethical influence attempts.

Irresistible : the rise of addictive technology and the business of keeping us hooked

By Adam L. Alter

Professor of psychology and marketing at NYU tracks the rise of behavioral addiction, and explains why so many of today's products are irresistible.

Think again

By Adam Grant

Enjoy the thrill of not believing everything you think. Learn how we can get better at embracing the unknown and the joy of being wrong.

Web

Cognitive Distortions

There are many negative or irrational patterns of thinking that are all too common in news narratives today. We can avoid such biases if we can recognize them in ourselves and others.

Constructive Dialog Institute (resources)

Formerly OpenMind.org, this platform is collecting the tools and knowledge we need to effectively conduct coordinated problem solving.

Identify your Values

Values affect the way you see and treat the world around you.  Knowing which values you consider most important helps us understand why we are more susceptible to certain biases and attracted to certain viewpoints.

Mediabiasfactcheck.com

How do we know the biases that our news sources may be prone to holding?  To start, we can identify the primary sources of our media diet and determine what their reputation for bias may be.

Memetic Tribes (Tribes List)

Unpacking the characteristics of the many contemporary “memetic tribes” that exist in our fragmented information landscape helps us to understand how the world we may see may be quite different from the world our neighbor is seeing.

Mental Models

A mental model is a representation of how something works. Knowing the many models we use can help us understand how we reason and why we consider some things more relevant than others.

News Literacy Project

This nonprofit takes a nonpartisan approach to building information literacy. They produce newsletters, workshops, and tools including these useful info-graphics:

 

Next Steps

Check out our Upcoming Events!  Join us for hands-on Tech Talks workshops and in-person Tech Help.  Also, sign up for our monthly Newsletter.

Workshops

Motivated actors use media to influence our thinking and behavior. We can counterbalance such influences by slowing down, thinking critically, seeking additional perspectives and verifying sources. The greatest challenge is understanding how our personal values, beliefs and cognitive biases interact with the digital content we consume.

 

Take Action

Workshops

Start building your immunity from manipulation and polarization by following the action steps below. This is a starting point. We are actively improving this resource, so please share suggestions using our Survey

Topic

Tutorial

  Search Operators

Unlock the full potential of search engines and effectively locate the results you seek

 Context Searching

Deploy useful strategies when researching nuanced and complex topics

  Reverse Image Search

Locate the original source of images that are shared on social media

  Find in Page

Strategically search for words or phrases inside larger texts

  Google Alerts

Follow topics and people by receiving email alert when new information arises

  Text to Speech

Leverage this technology to gain hands-free access to text-based articles

 

Learn More

The potential for learning about media literacy is endless.  The challenge is knowing when you know enough, for now.  Check out the following resources when you're ready to keep going:

Library Books

Influence, new and expanded : the psychology of persuasion (digital audio)

By Robert B.Cialdini

Explains the psychology of why people say yes and how to apply these insights ethically and defend yourself against unethical influence attempts.

Irresistible : the rise of addictive technology and the business of keeping us hooked

By Adam L. Alter

Professor of psychology and marketing at NYU tracks the rise of behavioral addiction, and explains why so many of today's products are irresistible.

Think again

By Adam Grant

Enjoy the thrill of not believing everything you think. Learn how we can get better at embracing the unknown and the joy of being wrong.

Web

Cognitive Distortions

There are many negative or irrational patterns of thinking that are all too common in news narratives today. We can avoid such biases if we can recognize them in ourselves and others.

Constructive Dialog Institute (resources)

Formerly OpenMind.org, this platform is collecting the tools and knowledge we need to effectively conduct coordinated problem solving.

Identify your Values

Values affect the way you see and treat the world around you.  Knowing which values you consider most important helps us understand why we are more susceptible to certain biases and attracted to certain viewpoints.

Mediabiasfactcheck.com

How do we know the biases that our news sources may be prone to holding?  To start, we can identify the primary sources of our media diet and determine what their reputation for bias may be.

Memetic Tribes (Tribes List)

Unpacking the characteristics of the many contemporary “memetic tribes” that exist in our fragmented information landscape helps us to understand how the world we may see may be quite different from the world our neighbor is seeing.

Mental Models

A mental model is a representation of how something works. Knowing the many models we use can help us understand how we reason and why we consider some things more relevant than others.

News Literacy Project

This nonprofit takes a nonpartisan approach to building information literacy. They produce newsletters, workshops, and tools including these useful info-graphics:

 

Next Steps

Check out our Upcoming Events!  Join us for hands-on Tech Talks workshops and in-person Tech Help.  Also, sign up for our monthly Newsletter.