Who Do We Trust Now?

Who Do We Trust Now?

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Source: Toby Morris for Radio NZ

Main post can be found here.

The old dispute between reason and feeling is now on a new ground.
(Popescu, 2017)

In my main post, I mainly concentrated on describing the issues and pervasiveness of the post-truth era that we face today, while also giving some examples of how a normal Internet user would be able to stay protected. You can guess that the story barely unfolded at that moment.

I read many of the other posts dedicated to learning in an information-rich world and I had the chance to find out more details about some topics that I was only aware of before.

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Source: Iarina Dafin using Piktochart

A further notable mention related to the expertise paradox is how academics now feel marginalised as being the biased elite, instead of being encouraged to continue delivering facts to the population (n.a., 2017). This, like the issue I discussed in my previous post about true news being labelled as fake, unveils that malicious intentions can get very creative and can go very far.

 

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On my last post, Tewsdae asked me if other people may be as careful as I am online and if universities should be doing more. My thought process was that universities and schools can only help those that attend them, which is young people. Older generations might get left behind, thinking that all online content must be trustworthy. We both concluded that complete Internet literacy might be the standard in a few decades time, we just have to adjust to it first.

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Source: geckoandfly.com

 

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A big influence over your digital presence and activity can be your personal learning network. Within the MOOC, I did generate my own and I can clearly see where I’m getting my information from and how I manage to burst my bubble.

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Source: Iarina Dafin using PLN Map

 

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These last two weeks have taught me a lot, not just about what’s out there, but what to do when I’m out there. I have discovered that the post-truth era is just getting started, but I feel more confident in using this knowledge myself, while also educating the others around me.

“There’s nothing like a good existential crisis to mobilise people”.
Paul Andrew, vice president for communications at Harvard in Times Higher Education (Baty, 2017)

 

Word count: 319 words

My comments: on Bivash’s blog and on Chloe’s blog.

 

References

(n.a.) (2017, December 17) What place (if any) for academics in our post-truth era?. University Foundation Ethical Forum. [Accessed on: 19/03/18]

Baty, P. (2017, June 21) Universities must rethink how they communicate in a post-truth world. Times Higher Education. [Accessed on: 19/03/18]

Popescu, I. (2017, December 7) Post-Truth Era. UMEC-WUCT. [Accessed on: 19/03/18]

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