News, Fake News and Spin: Deciding who to trust in the Age of Disinformation. A zoom presentation with Michael Edmonds.

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Photo: Michael EdmondsAbout the program:
Deciding which news to trust can be confusing. At the height of the 2016 election, Americans actually clicked on fake news more often than on professional reporting. In this talk, Michael Edmonds will explain how to recognize bias, propaganda, fake news, and filter bubbles. He will show you how to analyze messages, evaluate arguments, assess evidence, and locate reliable sources – skills that are more important than ever in this election year.

About the presenter:
Michael Edmonds worked as a research librarian at the Wisconsin Historical Society and taught information studies at the University of Wisconsin for more than 30 years. This fall he’s teaching about disinformation and critical thinking for public libraries, high schools, and Madison Area Technical College.

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This program is co-sponsored by the library and the League of Women Voters of Winnebago County.

All programs at the Elisha D. Smith Public Library are free and for everyone. Those with special needs are encouraged to call the library office at 920.967.3662 within 24 hours of an event to assure that specific needs with regards to parking, building and meeting room accessibility are met.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 6:30pm