AUDIO | Misinformation is not new, and propaganda has been part of political communication since the dawn of politics. While misinformation can be spread by government and corporate public relations officials, celebrities and international bad actors, it is enabled through our own social networks as we like and share information with others.

In other words, we can put a wrench in the works of those who are trying to sow deception and division by stopping a key flow of bad information.

But how can we stop the spread? To ensure we are not inadvertently sharing misinformation, we must first understand what drives us to share misinformation, so that we can identify our own triggers and resist them. None of us share information we think is false: we share information that seems true to us, and unwittingly spread misinformation in the process.  Read the rest of this article by Jaigris Hodson at The Conversation…

“We’ve all believed something that isn’t true at some point. We’ve all shared a wrong piece of information on social media. We’re all one strong emotion away from falling prey to some kind of misinformation.”  — Jaigris Hodson, quoted in ‘One Strong Emotion Away’: Confronting Conspiracies, Our Other Viral Disease (The Tyee, Jan. 29, 2021)

Jaigris Hodson is an associate professor at Royal Roads University and a Canada Research Chair in Digital Communication for the Public Interest. Her research looks at social media and digital platforms and at ways to decrease the spread of misinformation.
Dr. Hodson appeared on People First Radio to speak about conspiracy theories, misinformation and social media. Listen and/or download below.

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