Ferndale Library podcast interviews experts about information literacy

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In 2020, Americans are politically divided while anxiety over the economy and coronavirus pandemic has us sleepless, feeling isolated and confused. And it’s not that we can’t get information about what’s going on — quite the opposite. We are inundated with information, much of it conflicting.So who do we believe? How do we cut through the noise to get to truth?The Ferndale Library is offering some help. New episodes of its podcast, “A Little Too Quiet” began coming out in July, including a miniseries on “the Infodemic.”

Originally planned as an in-person panel discussion for a live audience, library staff shifted their focus on information literacy for the podcast. The series features exclusive conversations with professors, librarians and journalists who address the public’s ability to evaluate the variety of information we all encounter daily through social media and online news outlets. Guests include Pradeep Sopory and Laura Sheble of Wayne State University. Sopory researches risk communication and has investigated the effects of messages in the media and how they are designed to influence beliefs and behaviors. Sheble has done extensive research on public health reporting and co-edited the book “Misinformation and Mass Audiences.” Sopory and Sheble …

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