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Fake News Has Landed — What Can You Do?

Most of us read things in the news that make us mad. Fire-poker, red-hot mad. Or the kind of mad that sparks a cool commitment to action.

Before you respond with an angry tweet or join a movement, check where the story came from. It’s a lot of work, but the gatekeepers in the legacy media aren’t present in all media. And gatekeepers make mistakes, too. If you prefer facts, hone your digital-literacy skills.

That was the takeaway from a forum at the Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison on Jan. 10 led by “cybrarian” Pam McCluskey and journalist Andrew Revkin. It was a timely discussion in a week where the president-elect was entrenched in a Twitter war about the role of Russia and hackers in the election.

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