Book Bans and Disinformation: The Ties Between Media Literacy and the Freedom to Read
Join PEN America and the Dallas Public Library for a media literacy workshop and Q&A. We will begin with our classic media literacy workshop for community leaders, and then explore the connection between disinformation and other anti-democratic trends.
During the workshop, we’ll take a holistic approach to embracing the ins and outs of media literacy, which includes skills for navigating difficult conversations with those who believe it and spread. In this 60-minute workshop, we will cover the following:
- Definition refresher: What is the difference between misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation, again?
- How to communicate with family and friends who believe misinformation without sacrificing your own mental health
- A day in the life of a lie: The way misinformation moves and morphs between countries and social media platforms, closed messaging apps, and radio shows
- The psychology: How false content hacks our brains through confirmation bias, fear, and more
- Disinformation does not exist in a vacuum: Recognizing the importance of historical and cultural contexts that are often used against targeted audiences
- Strategies for uplifting credible, culturally attuned, in-language news and information quickly with messaging that doesn’t polarize or alienate
- Communication strategies for expressing the value of media literacy as a leader and trusted messenger in your community