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Misinformation, Social Media, and the Effects on Society


Algorithms and the Media

Sophia Pearl Podolsky

Yuna Jeon

Yuna Jeon and Sophia Pearl Podolsky

Agneetta Moisio and Kathir Sathi Venkat

Marissa Tessier, Karen Chen Pu, and Olivia Ann (Livvy) Whitmore

About the Project

Flush with the spirit of techno-optimism (information wants to be free!), the internet promised liberation by eliminating barriers to information, and enabling its spread instantaneously and globally. However, in recent years we have seen that misinformation spreads equally rapidly, generating profound social repercussions. From filter bubbles and echo chambers to the cascading effects of conspiracy theories, this fellowship explored the spread of misinformation on a variety of social media platforms, interrogated its meaning and its strategies, and questioned the efficacy of unregulated free speech or simple hierarchies of credibility as antidotes to misinformation. To engage further with the topics covered in the fellowship, students recorded and produced podcasts as part of a developing series on media and society. 

The Fellows

Giselle Fiestan, Yuna Jeon, Agneetta Moisio, Sophia Pearl Podolsky, Karen Chen Pu, Marissa Tessier, Kathir Sathi Venkat and Olivia Ann (Livvy) Whitmore

The Instructors

Melissa Mallon, Director of Peabody Library; Dir of Teaching & Learning Interim Manager Central Subject Librarians

Andy Wesolek, Director of Digital Scholarship & Scholarly Communications

Bobby Smiley, Director of the Divinity Library