Just in time for the European Elections, the German Federal Agency for Civic Education published a new dossier about digital desinformation.
Lena Frischlich contributed an article (in German) about the role of critical media literacy in this context.
In the article, she argues that four components are needed for democratic resilience in times of online desinformation: Awareness for the problem of polluted information, reflection of own media usage behaviours, and empowerment of media users critically testing information they encounter in online-environments.
Beyond these more traditional dimensions of critical media literacy, she argues, there is an urgent need for restoring and protecting trust in communication from journalists, scientists, and politicians.
The full article (in German) can be found here.
Today, the annual meeting of the German Commmunication Association (DGPUK) kicks off at the University of Münster with a packed programm full of cutting-edge communication research on topics such as integration, desinformation, journalism today etc.
Partially together with colleagues from the PropStop project the brand new DemoRESILdigital team will:
- give insights into risk factors for the exposure to and victimization by hatespeech: Lena Frischlich, Svenja Boberg, Tim Schatto-Eckrodt, Florian Wintterlin,& Thorsten Quandt: On the role of person characteristics and media usage patterns for the confrontation with hate speech and personal victimization in the net. (own translation)
- discuss the thematic similarity of articles and user-comments in journalistic online media: Tim Schatto-Eckrodt, Svenja Boberg, Lena Frischlich, Florian Wintterlin,& Thorsten Quandt: Title versus topic: Thematic similarities of journalistic articles and associated user-comments (own translation)
- In addition, first insights into the German partisan pseudo-press – alternative media that mimic the appearance of journalistic outlets but do not adhere to norms of neutral and fact-oriented reporting – will be discussed: Felix Brinkschulte, Johanna Klapproth, and Lena Frischlich:“When you value the truth”: Integration of mainstream media and alternative pseudo-press offerings as sources of right-wing populist media makers (own translation).