Pre-Thanksgiving update and lots of links to things to think, FWIW

You should watch the video, of course, but a summary of it and a bit about the links below:

  • Don’t forget: I’m making myself available to meet with anyone who is interested to talk about some of the technicalities of wordpress, their text to hypertext projects, or pretty much anything else today at 5 pm at Sweetwaters in Ypsilanti (right next to campus). Email me if you’re planning on being there.
  • Don’t forget the second part of the Codecademy assignment is due! This is where you reflect on both the HTML and CSS exercises, and also the additional Codecademy exercises you took on to try to teach yourself something new.
  • I’m going to be commenting on the third update of your semester of social media project today, and remember that a draft of the final reflective essay is due at the end of the day on Monday, November 28. I talk about this in the video a fair amount, but in the nutshell: your brief “progress reports” this semester have really been about telling us (me and anyone else in class) what you’ve been doing with the social medias you sighed up for this term, literally “what’s new.” This essay is different in that I am asking you for an overall reflection of the experience. Now that you’ve tried out some new social media platforms and now that we’ve done some critical/thoughtful reading and discussing about social media, what have you learned? What is your bigger picture feelings/observations/conclusions about social media?
  • I go through my example of the 444 portfolio and try to point out some of the things I’m looking for in your portfolios too. Some of you have very complete and organized sites already, but some of you have sites where they “work” but they aren’t organized, they don’t look/feel “professional,” and they don’t take advantage of some of the features of WordPress. So if you’re in that later category of a “working, but not very good” Wordpress site, you need to revise.

Finally, some links in the category of “For What It’s Worth” on social media, online journalism, and the 2016 election. As I say in the video, if the election had happened in October, we would certainly be reading and discussing these articles in some detail this semester. My guess is we will be talking about these readings the next time I teach this class, which might be next Fall. But because of the timing of things (and frankly, you’ve all done a lot of reading and writing already!), I am putting these in the “For What It’s Worth” category, meaning we can talk about them or not.

I am guessing many of you have come across other readings along these lines too. For me, I have to say that this has kind of made me rethink social media in a lot of ways. I have always known there was a “darker side” to it, but I generally am more of a glass half-full kinda guy with things like Facebook and Twitter. I’m not as sure about that now.

Anyway, lots of links here, and if you have others, please share (note that a number of these are New York Times articles, and unfortunately, they limit the number you can see in a month if you aren’t a subscriber. Though if you clear the cookies in your browser…):

I Used to Be a Human Being (interesting reflection on once prolific blogger Andrew Sullivan on the problem of “information addiction”).

Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend on It.

How Fake News Goes Viral: A Case Study (if you only have time to read one of these, I think I’d recommend this one).

Fake news on Facebook is a real problem. These college students came up with a fix in 36 hours.

Google and Facebook Take Aim at Fake News Sites

Mark Zuckerberg warns about Facebook ‘becoming arbiters of truth’

Mark Zuckerberg Is in Denial

Facebook, in Cross Hairs After Election, Is Said to Question Its Influence

Facebook fake-news writer: ‘I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me’

This Analysis Shows How Fake Election News Stories Outperformed Real News On Facebook

Meet the Professor Who’s Trying to Help You Steer Clear of Clickbait

According to Snopes, Fake News Is Not the Problem

Fact Check: This Pizzeria Is Not a Child-Trafficking Site



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