Fake News: Its Challenges, Consequences and Rise Presented by Martin GagnonWednesday, October 23 at 6:30 pm at Lunt Auditorium at OceanView
This brief session will provide participants with tips to look critically and analyze both digital, television, and print media resources. Through videos and slides, the session will examine the history of misinformation and the psychology of irrationality brought about by biases and social forces. This insightful presentation will also examine the role of technology in the creation and spread of “fake news” and suggest helpful resources to verify images and fact check news stories.
In 2018, Gagnon used the training and his past experiences to create a media literacy and “fake news” class at the Lewiston-Auburn Senior College along with a series of events at the library. Seeing the amount of interest and general concern for the implications and lack of civil discourse fueled by misinformation, Gagnon created a companion website. The site is non-partisan and takes no advertising and can be viewed at www.themediasavvycitizen.org