How To Fight Misinformation in 2022

From small rumours to full-blown conspiracy theories, misinformation is a huge challenge for all of us especially in 2022. Libraries are here to help you evaluate the information you find online and in real life!

A few helpful EPL resources:

1. Fighting Misinformation: Digital Media Literacy

An eight part streaming video series, that leads you step by step through the history, evolution, science and impact of misinformation. It arms you with the skills needed to defuse the threat of misinformation media and become a more savvy media consumer. Available to watch through Kanopy.

2. The Stickler's Guide to Science in the Age of Misinformation

Phrases like "superfoods," "right and left brained people", and "natural environment" may be snappy and ear-catching, but lifelong educator Philip Bouchard is worried that they are often wrong (or at least not quite right). Check out this non-fiction title available through Freading or hoopla.

3. The Hype Machine

A landmark insider's tour of how social media affects our decision-making and shapes our world in both useful and dangerous ways, with critical insights into the social media trends of the 2020 election and beyond. Check out this eBook.

Other helpful resources:

You can follow Daniel Dale, a Canadian journalist who became well known while fact-checking false statements made by Donald Trump, via CNN or on Twitter.

And lastly, register for the free, four-part online misinformation class created by NorQuest College Library that covers such topics as:

  • Misinformation and its various forms including fake news and disinformation
  • Evaluating information using techniques such as lateral reading
  • News literacy, science literacy and conspiracy theories
  • The role of bias in spreading misinformation