Calling BS in an age of misinformation

Monday, December 4, 2017

CALLING BS IN AN AGE OF MISINFORMATION

Professors Bergstrom and West
on Calling BS

How do you know if your news is real or not?

• Is it too good to be true?

• Is it unnecessarily complex?

• Where is it from?

How can you spot Fake News? Two professors from the University of Washington, Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom, have created a course “Calling BS.”

They are presenting what they have learned about detecting BS and strategies for engaging with individual purveyors of BS. In a not to be missed presentation at Benaroya Hall.

Thursday, December 7 at 7:00pm Benaroya Hall
Ticket price: $21.50 for students and League members
$31.50 for the general public
Tickets are on sale via the Seattle Symphony website
Click here to purchase.

The digital revolution has democratized the consumption and production of news and information. While this has created a platform for voices previously unheard, there has also been an increase in false news stories, memes, and outright lies.

This comes from all sides of the political spectrum, industry, and society. Yet democracy and collective decision-making depend on an informed citizenry.

This lecture will talk about some of the reasons behind this onslaught of misinformation and how we as a society can overcome it.

Proceeds benefit the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County. The League provides nonpartisan election information.


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