How to tell the difference between fact and fiction on a 'post-truth' internet

We find it difficult to tell the difference between fake and real news. We create 'bubbles' and echo chambers on our computers and smartphones, which make it even more difficult. Listen to how we can start breaking that down so we can get less biased information, and become more aware of our blindspots.

In this episode, I talk with Professor Sam Wineburg at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University in the USA.   We talk about his involvement a project looking at how people evaluate information online, and how poorly we can perform at tasks designed to see how we do this. 

A report accompanying the project can be found here: 

sheg.stanford.edu/upload/V3LessonPlans/Executive%20Summary%2011.21.16.pdf

And a media report here:

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/11/02/why-students-cant-google-their-way-to.html

I hope you find our conversation interesting and thought-provoking.

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