Bursting Filter Bubbles: Enhancing Student Evaluation of Online Information

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Zoom

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Scott Tulloch (Speech, Communications, and Theatre Arts)

Search engines, social media, and video sharing platforms are developing increasingly sophisticated algorithms to offer personalized digital content based on browsing history, age, gender, political preferences, location, and other data. Consumers of digital media find themselves trapped in filter bubbles, their own “personal ecosystems of information.” The most insidious forms of online disinformation leverage “filter bubbles,” with misleading content designed and delivered to reinforce users’ existing biases.

In this workshop, we will develop faculty awareness of filter bubbles and will share activities that can help students recognize their own filter bubbles, so they are better prepared to critically evaluate information in their online environments. A general overview of scholarly research on filter bubbles will also be provided.

Register here and you will receive a Zoom link via email. For more information, email cetls@bmcc.cuny.edu.


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