The Ohio State University at Marion


Science Cafe

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6 p.m.
The Warehouse, Italian Dinners, 320 W. Center Street Marion, OH 43302

Arrive around 5 p.m. if you wish to order dinner prior to the presentation

Science Cafe: How Can They Believe That? A Short Introduction to Fake News, Misperceptions & What We Can Do about Them
Presented by Dr. R. Kelly Garrett
Associate Professor, School of Communication, The Ohio State University

Falsehoods were a defining feature of the 2016 US Presidential Election despite the best efforts of citizens and news agencies alike. Inaccurate messages came from all over the web, from parody news sites, foreign disinformation campaigns, and sometimes even the candidates themselves. Although we do not know how misperceptions altered this election, there is no question that decision making is hindered when citizens do not know what is true. This talk explores what we know about the causes of misperception, and what each of us can do to guard against common sources of bias and error.

Kelly Garrett studies online political communication, with an emphasis on how citizens use new technologies to engage with controversial topics. His most recent work, which is supported by the National Science Foundation, focuses on how online sources of news and information can contribute to both the spread and correction of misperceptions. He has over 25 research publications, and his work has been featured on television, radio, print, and online.