The Case for Quarantining

The Case for Quarantining
Digitally Lit #262 – 10/3/2020

Welcome back to Digitally Literate and issue #262.

This week I worked on the following:

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Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

Doug Belshaw had this great post about working out loud which was inspired by Austin Kleon’s book.

The video I share above is Brian Johnson’s review of five big ideas from the same text.

If you really want to dig deep, check out this full session from Kleon at SXSW.


The case for quarantining extremist ideas

This week we heard a lot in the news about the Proud Boys, and white supremacist groups that promote and engage in political violence.

This piece by Joan Donovan and danah boyd discusses the topic of strategic silence.

By avoiding amplifying extremist ideas, are we starving them of oxygen in the informational space?

For more on this topic, read this profile of Emily Gorcenski.

Study Finds ‘Single Largest Driver’ of Coronavirus Misinformation: Trump

Cornell University researchers analyzing 38 million English-language articles about the pandemic found that President Trump was the largest driver of the “infodemic.”

The study is the first comprehensive examination of coronavirus misinformation in traditional and online media.

This study identifies and analyzes the most prominent topics of COVID-related misinformation that emerged in traditional media between January 1 and May 26, 2020 based on a total sample of over 38 million articles published in English-language media around the world.

While on the topic of COVID, this piece by Zeynep Tufekci asks why some people and areas are super-spreaders…and others are not.

How It Feels When Software Watches You Take Tests

One of my students needed to take a test virtually this past week and immediately relayed to our class the challenges of testing online and dealing with virtual proctors.

This post shares insight on software designed to flag students cheating on tests by doing things like tracking eye movements via a webcam. In a related story, other students indicated that it felt callous and unfair to be suspected of cheating because they read test questions aloud, had snacks on their desks or did other things that the software deemed suspicious.

As a result, some of my students are indicating that they may put their health, and the health of others, in jeopardy and head out to physical locations to test.

Connecting with Youth through Authenticity and Collaboration

Media companies around the world are finding out that when it comes to capturing the attention of youth, authenticity (or at least a sense of it) equals relevancy.

Anyone who has worked in a middle or high school setting can also confirm that teenagers are human lie detectors, unafraid to call out a lack of genuineness when they see it.

Armed with this realization, content creators and distributors continue vying for this group’s attention, through ever-changing media platforms in an increasingly interconnected digital space.

Reimagining Learning Spaces for Uncertain Times

This great resource from UNESCO MGIEP shares insight on the possibilities for a post-pandemic world.


8 Strategies to Improve Participation in Your Virtual Classroom

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Really digging the intersection of food, design, and art of the Ghetto Gastro. These waffles look awesome…and definitely not an option on my current diet. 🙂

Read more here about the Ghetto Gastro.


In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

George Orwell

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With the news that President Trump has tested positive for the coronavirus, the fast-moving information system that is the Internet has kicked into high gear. As a result, it can be hard to separate truth from fiction. It can also be hard to not be emotionally manipulated online.

This guide from The Verge and this from The Washington Post are two resources to help avoid being part of the problem.

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