Media Ecosystem

Newspapers, journalists from the 4th and 5th estates should be writing about how they are going forward and embodying an ethical path. They should be developing tactics.

Social media like Facebook and Twitter made a lot of money off of this election campaign and helped to spread fake news. They need to own up to their responsibility and take measures to stop their hand in spreading disinformation.

We cannot control the narrative without the truth. We cannot know what is happening in our country and what our representatives are doing without a free press. As citizens, we can boycott publications and journalists who don’t play their part on the right side of history. We can follow and buy subscriptions to ethical journalism.

It’s best not share an image or article without making sure of the source. If you read an article from a source you’re not sure of (especially if they have legit sounding names with words like politics, Washington, America) check out their about section on their homepage to see what politics they espouse. You can also check their Wikipedia entry. If you see an image, photograph, screen shot of a tweet or Facebook post go to the source of where that image supposedly comes from and see if it’s there. You can also type a brief description of the image and see how many and which news sources have written articles about it and what their sources are for making sure the image is valid.

10 Investigative Reporting Outlets to Follow

What the fuck just happened, today?

FAIR’s Online News Sources

Simple diagram of news and fake news

The Fact Checker’s guide for detecting fake news

List of fake news sites

List of fake news sites on Facebook

Now you can fact check Trump’s tweets

What normalization means

Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search

PDX Journalism to follow:

Dirk VanderHart at the Portland Mercury

Cameron Whitten, citizen journalist

Arun Gupta

Street Roots

Twitter may have a bad rap for it’s condensed and often snark commentary, but it was effective for Donald Trump. We may as well fight fire with fire. Time for some information wars and culture jamming short form. Don’t become a slacktavist, though, real live human gestures are what is needed more than ever.
Twitter has been the social media haven for many activists. It is where you find Black Twitter, which effectively helped grow the dialogue and has been a force. It has also been a champion of feminism.
Twitter doesn’t replace the long standing narrative which seasoned ethical journalists provide, but it is seconds away from news as it happens. The news hits Twitter days before newspapers, television broadcasts and hours before Facebook. Don’t believe everything you read. Like it’s been said of Wikipedia, it’s a good place to start.

The front lines of the resistance will be about information: who has the information and what people think about the information. It will be about who controls the narrative. Having a basic understanding of hacking and how to do it will be one of your most important skills. But, remember to get your computer security culture up and running before you start.

200 Hacking Tutorials

The Hacker’s Ethics

The Hacking Gallery at MIT