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I am sad. This is the last episode of Crash Course’s series on Navigating Digital Information. Video source This week’s focus was social media. Host John Green started by outlining how social media has had far reaching consequences, e.g., shaping our vocabulary, changing our expectations of privacy, organising grassroots efforts. But probably the most important […]

The week’s episode of Crash Course’s navigating digital information focused on click restraint. Video source Click restraint is about not relying on the first few returns in Google search. It is about scanning, analysing, and evaluating the rest of the returns. It is not about immediate gratification but about figuring out the most valid and […]

This week’s episode of Crash Courses’s Navigating Digital Information focused on data and its visual representation. Video source Data, whether represented by raw numbers or graphics, can seem objective. However, they are not neutral because people gather and interpret them. (As a former academic, I shuddered whenever I overhead colleagues talking about “massaging data”.) In […]

This week’s Crash Course’s video on navigating digital information focused on evaluating images and videos. Video source Host John Green provided examples of how images could be used to represent and misrepresent both context and context. If it is easy to fool someone with text, it is even easier with images. When presented with any […]

This week’s Crash Course episode on navigating digital information focused on evaluating evidence offered by online creators. Video source Anyone who says anything online needs to back up any claim with evidence. But not just any evidence. Some might offer claims as evidence. Host John Green highlighted a claim about a new and supposedly deadly […]

Video source Part 5 of the Crash Course series on digital literacy focused on using Wikipedia. Host John Green pointed out that Wikipedia was almost 18-years-old, and as it matured, was behaving more like a responsible adult. Wikipedia has long policed itself with three guiding principles for editing articles: Content should be represented from a […]

In this week’s episode of Crash Course’s video on information and digital literacies, host John Green focused on the authority and perspective of sources. Video source The authority of an author or a source might be determined by finding out about its: Professional background Processes used to create information Systems in place to catch and […]

This week’s episode on being literate today focused on reading laterally. Video source Reading laterally is not about reading articles from top to bottom, it is about reading sideways via other open tabs. John Green recommended we do what teachers might still dissuade: When in doubt, check Wikipedia and its links to resources. The writeups […]

Here some of my notes on the second part of Crash Course’s series on media and digital literacies. Video source This episode focused on fact checking. To do this, presenter John Green outlined a Stanford University study on how a group university professors and students evaluated information online. The participants focused on superficial elements of […]

John Green and co have just released part 1 of their Crash Course series on navigating digital information. Video source If I had to sum up the takeaway from the video, it would be this: Just because it looks like a news article does not make it one. Appearances like layout, graphics, and slickness matter, […]


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