Session 3: News Literacy Workshop: Evaluating Conspiracy Theories and Meme-Based Misinformation
Rave Review of Vanessa Otero’s Webinars: “I’ve been in journalism and communications as well as teaching for some years and have never encountered such an excellent teaching resource and workshop delivery. Excellent in every way.”—Rita E. Creane, Writer-Educator
Do you ever come across something on your social media feed that is just so outlandish that you can’t possibly understand why someone would believe it or be persuaded by it? Conspiracy theories and illogical memes are rampant because they employ rhetorical devices, tropes, and logical fallacies that are inaccurate yet compelling. They are also hard to explain and combat. In this session, expert Vanessa Otero of Ad Fontes Media shows how to identify these patterns and how to teach students to watch out for them. This is the third part of the four-session workshop, News Literacy Workshop: Step-by-Step Strategies for Educating Your Students.