data ethics course update
This week in the lab’s data ethics course, students explored information bubbles, social media’s role in reinforcing them, and what our increasingly polarized and fact-free public discourse means for the future of democracy. Heavy stuff!
Levity was added via an interactive exercise inspired by the Wall Street Journal’s “Red Feed, Blue Feed” feature demonstrating parallel information universes. Individual students “skewed the news” themselves prior to class, and the results were refined, aggregated, and presented as a formal feed interspersed with “skewed” stories from actual sources. Students voted on which stories they thought were student-authored, and which had appeared “in the wild” … with surprising results. Get out your smartphone and take the quiz to see for yourself!