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Articles, Interviews, and Reviews
(From University of Maryland)
- How do we develop intellectually or morally if we can evade encounters with the unfamiliar, the unwelcomed, and the unimagined?
- Are we thinking badly now, or just differently?
- Would you be interested and/or willing to have an implant in your brain that controlled your devices/computers/ etc.?
- How can we ensure that our development as moral and social animals keeps pace with our rapidly evolving communications technology?
- Is the media biased? If so, how? Is it possible for the media to not be biased?
- Are some types of bias worse than others?
- How does technology and social media influence your concentration?
- How do you handle and/or manage information overload?
- Does technology expand or limit our worldview?
- Are people drawn exclusively to news and information that speaks to their viewpoints? Why/why not?
Suggestions for further reading
The Medium Is the Massage by
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The Lifespan of a Fact by
How negotiable is a fact in nonfiction? In 2003, an essay by John D’Agata was rejected by the magazine that commissioned it due to factual inaccuracies. That essay—which eventually became the foundation of D’Agata’s critically acclaimed About a Mountain—was accepted by another magazine, The Believer, but not before they handed it to their own fact-checker, Jim Fingal. What resulted from that assignment was seven years of arguments, negotiations, and revisions as D’Agata and Fingal struggled to navigate the boundaries of literary nonfiction.
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