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The title of this reflection is a quote from one of the participants of the video below.


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The participants had to evaluate the claims made by another video producer about the properties of “real” and “fake” food. I highlighted one reaction because it was an honest and direct response to attempts to mislead.

However, it might be easier to spot misleading claims about those food claims than statements in tweets or headlines.

Thankfully that is why we have the Navigating Digital Information series by Crash Course [my thoughts and annotations on the series] and two episodes so far by TED-Ed [annotations on part 1] [annotations on part 2].

The sad thing is that the video above will probably get more views on its own than all 12 of the videos combined about being digitally literate. It is easier to tell people “Don’t be a dumbass!” than to get them not to be dumbasses.

I cringe as much as I enjoy Jimmy Kimmel’s occasional segments, Lie Witness News. In this series, an interviewer asks passers-by what they think about a blatant lie.

The latest example was the general public’s thoughts on Canada being the 51st state in the USA.


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The videos are obviously edited for content and highlight people who are ignorant enough and lie because they are on camera. But the fact remains that there are enough people that do this.

What might an educator take away? Ignorance is persistent partly because that is our default state. Ignorance is also persistent because lies and superficiality are easy while unearthing facts and exploring nuance are difficult. Educators needs to be stubbornly persistent in this battle against ignorance.

I am old-school with some things on the Internet. For example, I rely largely on RSS feeds to keep me informed.

But I do not recall it being described as radar. The description is apt because RSS is a sensing product and process that allow me to detect blips of interest. These nuggets come to me; I do not go to them.

Perhaps RSS should be renamed Radar Sensing Scheme.

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When I saw the items listed in this vote board, I wondered how some of them qualified as skills.

For example, how exactly are the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, creativity, and emotional intelligence skills?

Various providers of such skill-based courses recently came under legal or financial scrutiny. The most recent example was Kaplan, a well-known entity here.

It should not take deep audits to fish bad apples from the barrel. A cursory evaluation of the questions they ask or the bait they put out should raise alarms.

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Yesterday I shared what I was binge listening to during my break. Today I share what I am binge watching — Lucifer.

When I first started watching Lucifer on Netflix, I did not realise that it was originally on another network. That network let the show go, but its fans petitioned for it to live. Netflix came to the rescue and the series lives on.

The premise of the show is deceptively simple: The Devil leaves hell to live in Los Angeles (the city of angels) and ends up working with a police detective to solve crimes. But show goes beyond the usual fish-out-of-water trope to explore moral conundrums and to question established standards.


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As an educator, I like how there is a reflective component not only in the form of the video above, but also in the behind-the-scenes videos that the cast shared over the last few seasons.

I also like how the fans took ownership of the show as a result of this outreach. They helped give the show new life when it desperately needed a saviour. I see parallels of how skilful and strategic sharing by an educator of his/her own life can nurture ownership of learning among students.

I am on a restful hiatus and taking the opportunity to binge on entertainment that I discovered or have been putting off.

I have always listened to podcasts, but these were not a main staple of my learning and laughing diet. One of the audio-based gems I unearthed recently, My Dad Wrote A Porno, is four-years-old.

The name of the podcasts speaks for itself. If it does not, here is a review of sorts.

The podcast has done so well that it earned an HBO special recently.

The podcast is not for the prude or the faint of heart. You need a healthy sense of humour and a pair of earphones or headphones to enjoy it. You might also need some thick skin if you listen to the podcast in public — people might wonder why you ugly laugh and cry.

If you this podcast a habit, you might appreciate how an intrepid trio of friends critique one of their father’s attempts at writing erotica, or more accurately, erratica.

It did not take me many walks and commutes to binge listen to all four seasons. I am now a Belinker who wonders what will happen to the Confidential Order of Cookware Knights.


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You tap your finger on a phone screen, but you click via a mouse on a computer screen. The effect might be the same — for example, an app opens — but the name of the process is different.

Should we care if the end result is essentially the same? No, if you care only about the result. Yes, if the processes that lead to it matter to you.

This is not about semantics. It is about focusing on and caring about what matters in the long run.
 


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