"Fake news" is nothing new. In 1806, Thomas Jefferson sued The
Hartford Courant for libel. He lost. According to Susan Campbell, Jefferson's
ploy was a bogus suit by a president fed up with the news coverage he was receiving.
Campbell, a columnist for The Hartford
Courant, will deconstruct contemporary news coverage in a free
presentation "Fake News: Citizens--Arm Yourselves!" at the New Haven Museum. The
inclement weather date is February 27.
The event concludes a year-long
initiative by Connecticut Humanities, "Fake
News: Is it Real? Journalism in the Age of Social Media," created to facilitate a statewide conversation about why
people are distrustful of news, how technology is changing information
consumption, and how citizens can better evaluate news sources.
Campbell will share some quick-and-easy tips
for discerning fake news from real, particularly on social media platforms like
Twitter. She'll also give reasons for optimism.