Disinformation, false information that is deliberately spread, has a long and storied history that predates our contemporary struggle with “fake news.” The program will include some notable historical examples, as well as a look at contemporary disinformation campaigns. We will look at how the Internet has changed the disinformation game, and whether fake news and other misleading, often viral, tactics have an effect on people’s behaviors and beliefs.
The program is part of a two-part series, “Information Self-Defense.” The series presenter is Kate Hinnant, Head of Instruction and Communication at UW–Eau Claire’s McIntyre Library. She has been an Eau Claire resident for nearly 18 years and is also the Poetry Editor of Barstow & Grand. Participants may attend either or both programs.
Learn about part two of the series.
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