Misinformation ruined my Polish Christmas.

However, what happens when one’s Christmassy wisdom get contaminated with bits of misinformation? What happens when fake-news and self-proclaimed scientific expertise emerge at the table? As a digital literacy advocate — should you fight back or stay silent?

Alicja is a naive, anti-Polish and self-hating feminist, unable to think critically and recognise fake from real science.

However, I have a feeling that I wasn’t the only one who experienced a family backlash this Christmas. The political divisions in families seem to be a bit of a trend at the moment.

Source: https://nbcnews.to/2J69Uvh
Source: The Guardian https://bit.ly/2TpdAND

“the [Polish] government has pushed its conservative agenda by restricting access to contraceptives, attempting to ban abortion, hanging crosses in Parliament, removing certain textbooks from the school curriculum and cutting funding for some independent news media”.

Polish National Movement’s march | Source: en.wikipedia.org

Retrotopia: “the current inclination of many people and whole countries to react to a world of violence and insecurity by closing themselves into tribes and erect barriers and walls”

young [Polish] people returning from working in countries such as Britain. “So many young people travelled to work in western countries, and then came back and told their friends and families what was going on in western Europe

Nonetheless, I’m trying to be critical when it comes to getting my information online and am keen to ensure that my sources are credible and most importantly — fact-checked.

A recent analysis of Polish social media landscape proves that there are more than twice as many suspicious right-wing Twitter accounts as there are left-wing accounts.

Image source: https://bloom.bg/2FRqe1V

“Trolling is an everyday thing”, said one digital-rights advocate, “All activists know it is a part of their life now” (Gorwa, 2017, p.10).

“reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and nothing was true… ”.

(Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism)

Is the misinformed mind simply trapped in the ‘thought-defying’ info processing cycle?

1.Several members of my family are worried about the future of humanity and want me to be on their side to fight for the right cause. Their actions motivated by love and care. They are simply worried about my mental well-being and want me to get things right.

2. Several members of my family are severely misinformed. They are stuck in their ways of ‘thought-defying’ actions , unable to adopt a critical mind-set while sourcing information online

3. Several members of my family hate me and have an inner need to fight my beliefs no matter what ( I’d rather exclude this possibility for now).

“In a time when society is drowning in tsunamis of misinformation, it is possible to change the world for the better if we repeat the truth often and loud enough.” ― Alberto Cairo, The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication

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