Whatever happened to …

Doug Peterson, doug — off the record, Jan 09, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I noticed this too: numerous incorrect (and indeed, impossible) reports that the shooter in Florida had boarded a flight in Canada. What's significant here is that this fake news (for that's what it was) had nothing to do with social media: it originated, was spread, and was not properly corrected by traditional media. Not social media. If young people are spreading fake news, it's only because they are following the example set by the authorities and role models in society. Sadly, some of those same role models argue that they young should not be given the tools of critical literacy, thereby depriving them of any remedy they might have had. Photo: ABC News

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