The advent of computers and smartphones has confounded our notions of basic and essential literacy. Our grandchildren can’t read our cursive handwriting and we don’t understand their emojis. A 140-character tweet has a greater impact on our political discussion than a pocket copy of the Constitution. Fake news, to paraphrase Mark Twain, makes it halfway around the world before the real news has finished rebooting its laptop. We’ll try to make sense of it all by combining wise-ranging discussions and practical tips to help you.
GROUP LEADER: Karl Hakkarainen is the technology adviser for WISE. He has taught WISE classes on social media, radio, the news business, intellectual property law, history, and work and culture.
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