October 20, 2019
Zebrzydowice, Poland – 20-27.10.2019
Fake news has been around since the printing press was invented. But in recent years, the Internet, social media and a steadily creeping distrust of journalism have caused it to explode.
The project aims was to explore the power and role of youth work in addressing the fake news issue and analyzing the role and impact of mass media messages in creating a stereotypical image of particularly vulnerable social groups, e.g. migrants (labor migrants, involuntary migrants, refugees, IDPs) and various social minorities (racial, ethnic, cultural, and sexual).
Many people assume that because young people are fluent in social media they are equally perceptive about what they find there. Young people should also be trained from an early age in media literacy so they can become their own fact-checkers. Digital literacy and informed citizenship go hand-in-hand. Prior knowledge is one of the main defenses against lies and disinformation.
A really great topic and problematic that we would like to work and discuss more about it in the future as well.