How to fight 'fake news'

Monday, October 16, 2017
With rising concern about “fake news”—a term I reject, because it’s an oxymoron—the Downers Grove (Ill.) Public Library invited me to present a talk on “News Literacy in a Digital Age.”

I accepted because I believe (as you can hear below) that, if the price of liberty is eternal vigilance, the price of our liberty in this day and age is our eternal vigilance that the information we use to make our democratic decisions is reliable.

Need tools to defend yourself against the onslaught of false information from friends, relatives or trolls? Check out these video highlights from my presentation, Sept. 26, 2017.

Or skim the slides at

P.S. What do you think about the sound in this presentation? Recorded on an iPhone in my shirt pocket.

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