Week 11: Fake News

Instructor Notes

Instructor Notes

This week we will continue our look at digital-storytelling as a Culture Machine – this week focusing specifically on Fake News.   Fake News is real.  It is a sibling to Remix Culture in that it is often built upon something, possibly some truth.  It takes something and reorients it – manipulates it into something altogether new.  Something the creator likes or wants.

Fake News exists on all sides of politics, and has been with us for centuries.  Propaganda.  It is marketing.  Marketing of products, certainly, and in more recent years it is marketing of people, ideas and culture.   Although it has been with us for a long time, it has flourished and amplified on the Internet.  The field of marketing has reached a pinnacle of impact and effect in the digital era – swaying masses of people in different directions, and using them to repeat, rebroadcast, retweet, and spread subculture.  Mass manipulation has been with us for centuries, but it has accelerated and amplified in recent years.

This is a distinct element of living, working, and getting-along in a hyperconnected life.  Critical thinking and skepticism are vital in this environment.  This is among the new literacies that our kids and students must master.  I’m not sure we can escape it, thus we have to teach and learn how to swim in it.


Class Podcast


Class Soundtrack

This is a collaborative playlist in Spotify.  If you have a Spotify account (free), I will invite you to contribute, but it’s not required.  This is tied to a few class activities and will evolve based on your ideas and input.


Open in Spotify   



We’ve used Twitter extensively in past versions of this course, but it is no longer required.

We’ll keep using #inte5340 if you want to post and share things here – it’s useful for connecting with #inte5340 and #ds106 communities as well as the Social Fiction Challenge.

If you post to Twitter, be sure to use #inte5340 so we can find it.



Weekly Watch

(1) Beware the Filter Bubbles | (2) The Fake News Machine
(highlight video title above to discuss | click on playlist icon to pick videos )

Weekly Tasks

(1) Watch and annotate the videos in the Weekly Watchlist (above).

(2) Complete the Weekly-Thing.   Each week we will ask you to do a small thing related to this week’s topic.  The Weekly-Thing is posted to the #mixtape channel on Slack each Tuesday.  Find it.  Do it. Post it to the #mixtape channel.  

(3) Read & annotate the following article(s) within your assigned hypothes.is group:

Gretter, S., Yadav, A., & Gleason, B. (2017). Walking the Line between Reality and Fiction in Online Spaces: Understanding the Effects of Narrative Transportation. Journal of Media Literacy Education9(1), 1-22.

(4) Complete your third DIALOG…  with 2 to 3 different classmates about a different topic from the course homepage (far-right column).  Yes, you must dialog with someone new about something new.  No repeats.

  • Someone volunteers to host a dialog.
  • Identify a platform (audio, video) and how you will host/record the dialog. (People generally use Zoom).
  • Recruit classmates – use Slack to propose the dialog topic, time, platform, etc.
  • Send participants details on when/where/how to participate.
  • Record the dialog.
  • Guide participant introductions
  • Introduce the topic/story
    • Ask/Answer:  What did you like/dislike about the topic/story?
    • Ask/Answer:  How might this topic/story be used to shape your own teaching and learning?
    • Ask/Answer:  What was your biggest takeaway?
    • Ask/Answer:  your own questions to keep the conversation moving 
  • Watch the time
    • 2 participants (15 – 25 minutes)
    • 3 participants (20 – 30 minutes)
  • Post the dialog.  (People generally use YouTube or SoundCloud)
  • Post the dialog or a link to the dialog in the #module02 Slack channel.

If the host wants to take this a step further, they can do a bit more work to complete the Master of Ceremonies Challenge.


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