Navigating Information Fatigue

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The COVID-19 pandemic has further increased our reliance on social media and the Internet for information. This development, combined with underlying political partisanship, has created a breeding ground for disinformation, conspiracy theories, and information overload. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has long provided resources for the best-quality information in the service of the public in Pittsburgh and beyond.

This 3-part program teaches strategies to navigate the flood of information and deception to help make better decisions with better information—about COVID-19 or any decision we face in our complicated lives.

Presenter: Calum Matheson, PhD – Assistant Professor of Public Deliberation and Civic Life and Director of Debate (University of Pittsburgh). To learn more about Calum’s work, click here.

Part 1: Making Good Arguments

Part 2: Conspiracies!

Part 3: Scams and Hoaxes

Nonpartisan Fact-Checking Sites:

  • – Annenberg Political Factcheck – a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. ‘Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players.’
  • FactChecker (Washington Post) – Weekly blog from the Washington Post.
  • – From the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly.  Has a ‘Truth-O-Meter’ scorecard checking the attacks on the candidates (includes explanations). Also see their Punditfact page.
  • – “Oldest and largest fact-checking site on the Internet”.
  • PunditFact – “Dedicated to checking the accuracy of claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers, political analysts, the hosts and guests of talk shows, and other members of the media.”
  • Duke Reporters’s Lab – The Reporters’ Lab is a center for journalism research in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.


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