Crash Course Navigating Digital Information Preview


Hi, my name is John Green… In a few weeks we will begin a 10-episode
series on Navigating Digital Information, which probably sounds boring. We thought it about calling something else–Crash
Course Saving the Internet from Itself, Crash Course Oh My God This Virtual Place Is On
Fire, Crash Course Maybe We Should Go Back to Trusting Experts, et cetera. But we ended up calling it Crash Course Navigating
Digital Information because that is what we are actually going to try to learn how to
do together. And I say together because I am not particularly
good at navigating digital information. Like a lot of you, I’ve read entire stories
online before even looking at the name of the website I’m on. My brain has to an extent been hacked by large
corporations that are able to monetize my attention, and they hold my attention in part
by showing me information that outrages and astonishes me, that scratches some itch so
deep down in my consciousness that I can’t even quite identify it. I find myself scrolling into the infinite,
refreshing to see what is newer than the news that broke ten minutes ago, passively ingesting
all kinds of information without pausing to consider the quality of that information or
how it is shaping my understanding of the universe and my place in that universe. And as we let that happen, as we allow ourselves
to fall into the vast endlessness of passive scrolling, we allow the information we ingest,
and the algorithms feeding us that information, to shape who we are as people–to shape how
we think, what we value, whom we trust, and what we do. Much attention has rightly been paid to the
ways that misinformation and disinformation are shaping our political and social discourse,
but they are also shaping us–as individuals and as communities. Getting better at evaluating information means
becoming a better citizen of the communities where you live; it also means become a better
informed and more engaged person. I love the Internet. As a child in the early 1990s, I felt isolated
and struggled socially, and the Internet helped me feel less alone and better connected to
nerdy, weird people who were like me. It has made us a closer species and given
voice to people who otherwise would not have been heard. I am not here to attack the Internet. I’m also not here to celebrate one ideology’s
misinformation over another’s. Everyone is susceptible to being misled online,
and anyone who believes themselves to be somehow immune to misinformation is, in fact, especially
susceptible to it. Instead, I want to share with you proven methods
for evaluating the quality of information you encounter online, and for becoming a more
active consumer of information. You may be wondering, how is this different
from your crash course in Media Literacy. Well, in some ways that was more of an academic
introduction and this is more of a practical one. This is vocational school for being online Internet is different for each of us–and
never more so than in this era of endlessly personalized and customized information flow. So I don’t know if we’re going to figure
out how to fix the Internet in the next ten weeks, but each of us can improve our approach
to information on the Internet. To do this, Crash Course is working with MediaWise,
a project from the Poynter Institute designed to help students evaluate the accuracy of
digital information. Mediawise–and so indirectly this series–is
funded by Google, which owns YouTube. Google also loaned Crash Course its initial
funding way back in 2011, although we eventually paid them back. I’m saying all of this, and will say it
again during the series, because it’s important to understand where funding comes from when
evaluating the accuracy of digital information, including when you’re evaluating the accuracy
of digital information about evaluating the accuracy of digital information. It’s evaluating the accuracy of digital
information all the way down. The curriculum itself we’ll be using was
developed by the Stanford History Education Group, based around research on civic online
reasoning they began in 2015. With their help, we’re going to learn how
to interact with the Internet the way professional fact-checkers do, and along the way maybe
also come to understand some of what’s wrong with the way our information feeds are working,
and how we can tack against the prevailing winds of misinformation. Thanks for watching; I’ll see you in a few
weeks.

100 thoughts on “Crash Course Navigating Digital Information Preview

  1. OK, this – THIS IS SO TERRIBLY IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW! Thank you, CrashCourse, for being awesome as usual. And welcome back, John, you've been missed. <3

  2. There is first-hand evidence racked up of Google's political bias whether you think they are a net good or a net bad for society. Same with all social media controllers. Not saying Google's investment in CC is ideologically motivated. However, CC has vids that smell of emotionally motivated and therefore ideologically corrupt analyses, so this should be interesting.

  3. Here's an irony. When the first studies and echoes of warning about what was then termed 'information overload' started to infiltrate the lexicon, they were quickly lost in the shuffle of information overload already in existence; along with most of the other warnings of future dangers to the health of the collective consciousness.

  4. What is a "Thought Bubble"? Beyond the comic book reference and more on how it is used for Crash Course. I have watched and profited from this channel for some time, but I think I would benefit more from what it means by "Let's go to the thought bubble".

  5. Good to see you John green, but i want back the time, you telling history again. Or telling someting other like just like in history class.

  6. Was "evaluating the accuracy of digital information all the way down" a reference to turtles all the way down?

  7. Too many people get mislead online in this day and age and I am extremely glad more people are going to learn about the internets sources!

  8. I was comparing John in his 2012 videos with this and found out he's cutier… but now he could use montages of those old videos for the "Me From the Past" thing

  9. I've been a fan and learner with you guys ever since I came across the first sets of series with John covering world and U.S. History and haven't looked back since. (I think that was like 2015 thereabouts) I've absolutely loved how this channel has grown and the epic amounts of value you provide for free to the world. Thank you, John (your bro Hank too!) as well as all the other hosts that did the other subjects and topics on the channel. I really think you guys are doing a true service to the wider world.
    Respect.

  10. I am looking forward to watching this series and then showing it to my step dad so that he stops getting taken in by propaganda memes.

  11. this is so serendipitous out of blue for the first time in like 2 years I was just thinking / worrying about how john green had said before that he was keeping away from social media for mental health. I hope he's doing better.

  12. This is great. It feels like it takes a while to figure out which sources are trusted by whom and why, in any given unfamiliar field. It's hard to want to explore new interests because it takes so much effort to get into each area. I'm looking forward to this series.

  13. I've been watching Crash Course for quite a few years, this might be one of their best videos. Excited for the whole series

  14. I wish I could support you guys on Patreon but I can't afford to.. I do my part to watch all the ads through though.

  15. Wait? Google is funding a video about misinformation? Hahahahahahahahahahahshahahahaha takes deep breath hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  16. I hope this series has a video about attention spans, how social media has affected them, and how to break away from it.

  17. I’m doing an author study on you and when I searched up your picture I went like. Hey that looks like the guy from… ohhhhhhhhhh

  18. I'm so happy to see you, John. Crash Course simply isn't Crash Course without you. Your videos were the reason I subscribed back when you guys only had a handful on your channel.

  19. Brilliant choice. Back in the days when I was a kid in school, we had a course called "Social Studies". One of the topics covered was advertising and its affects on us, and how to avoid being manipulated. Hmm. Maybe there should be a CrashCourse on "Social Studies" and "Civics".

  20. I was wondering if my video speed was lower than normal , wow First time to listen to John Green , keep up the good speed

  21. Dude I honestly just typed: 'Show me f*** learning videos' on the youtube search bar and after reloading this showed up.
    It would appear swearing works after all.

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