A Gullible Population Is a National Security Issue

Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher Blog, Jun 28, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Vicki Davis makes the point stated in the title in a forceful way using examples of Russian-produced social media advertisements aimed at an American audience. If I had to change anything, I would change the word "national" to "global", because it doesn't matter where the advertisements come from, nor where they're directed, they still have the intent (and effect) of making the world burn. As Vicki Davis says here, " Information literacy is no longer just a nice-to-have literacy. It’s required for stability and civil discourse within any modern country. We don’t have to agree about everything with our fellow citizens, but we should learn how to disagree, and we should realize that our common enemy can easily make us enemies of one another and let us do their dirty work."

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