ERIC Number: EJ1177839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Post-Facts: Information Literacy and Authority after the 2016 Election
Bluemle, Stefanie R.
portal: Libraries and the Academy, v18 n2 p262-282 Apr 2018
This article addresses the challenge that post-truth politics poses to teaching authority in information literacy. First, it isolates an element of the post-truth phenomenon, an element it calls "post-facts", to elucidate why teaching source evaluation is not, by itself, an antidote to fake news or other evidence of Americans' media illiteracy. Second, it addresses the implications of post-facts politics for the concept of authority as defined by the "Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education," drawing on the work of Patrick Wilson and Max Weber to illustrate which elements of authority librarians must rethink due to recent events.
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Elections, Political Attitudes, Ethics, News Reporting, Deception, Media Literacy, Guidelines, Higher Education, Librarians, Teaching Methods, Presidents, Academic Libraries
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Education Level: Higher Education
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