‘Fake news’, Problematic Information and Internet Cultures

Sample of week by week breakdown for module on problematic information by Niki Cheong
For purpose of candidate interview only, please do not share.
(Lecturer in Media and Communication, University of Leeds)


SETTING THE SCENE

Week 1
Demystifying problematic information
Lexicon of Lies (Caroline Jack, 2018)

Week 2
Foster and fester: Participatory culture and digital spaces
‘El Negro de WhatsApp’ meme, digital blackface, and racism on social media (Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández, 2020)


CONTEXT

Week 3
“Fake news”, post-truth and bullshit
On Bullshit (Harry Frankfurt, 1986; 2005)

Week 4
Legislating information flow around the world
Securitizing Fake News in Malaysia (Gabrielle Lim, 2020)


BUILDING A TYPOLOGY

Week 5
Internet popular culture: #forthelulz, Satire, Memes
Pivot to coronavirus — How meme factories are crafting public health messaging (Crystal Abidin, 2020)

Week 6
Manufacturing propaganda: Publicity, Public Relations and Spin
Hate Spin (Cherian George, 2015)

Week 7
State-linked actors: Cybertroopers, Trolls and Computational Propaganda
Computational Propaganda (Samuel Woolley and Phillip Howard, 2017)

Week 8
Beyond the social: Deepfakes and Artificial Intelligence
Lies, Line Drawning and (Deep) Fake News (Marc Jonathan Blitz, 2018)


RESPONDING TO THE ISSUE

Week 9
Face off: De-platforming, Moderation and ‘Censorship’
Social media content moderation: six opportunities for feminist intervention (Ysabel Gerrard, 2020)

Week 10
Factchecking and verification
Fact-Checking Journalism and Political Argumentation (Jen Birks, 2019)