What the Fact?: Finding the Truth in All the Noise (Hardcover)

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What the Fact?: Finding the Truth in All the Noise (Hardcover)

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For anyone feeling overwhelmed by the plethora of misinformation, disinformation, falsehoods, and other methods of muddling reality, this book is a fantastic resource. In accessible, conversation language, rife with examples real & hypothetical, Dr. Seema Yasmin breaks down the different types of bad info, how it spreads, why it spreads, and how to navigate, compensate, and even change it. While specifically aimed at the YA crowd, What the Fact!? has invaluable data for everyone in today's media landscape. -- Jennifer M., Book Buyer

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From acclaimed writer, journalist, and physician Dr. Seema Yasmin comes a much-needed, timely book about the importance of media literacy, fact-based reporting, and the ability to discern truth from lies.

What is a fact? What are reliable sources? What is news? What is fake news? How can anyone make sense of it anymore? Well, we have to. As conspiracy theories and online hoaxes increasingly become a part of our national discourse and “truth” itself is being questioned, it has never been more vital to build the discernment necessary to tell fact from fiction, and media literacy has never been more vital.

In this accessible guide, Dr. Seema Yasmin, an award-winning journalist, scientist, medical professional, and professor, traces the spread of misinformation and disinformation through our fast-moving media landscape and teaches young readers the skills that will help them identify and counter poorly-sourced clickbait and misleading headlines.
Seema Yasmin is an Emmy Award–winning journalist who was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, medical doctor, professor, and poet. She attended medical school at Cambridge University and worked as a disease detective for the US federal government’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. She currently teaches storytelling at Stanford University School of Medicine, and is a regular contributor to CNN, Self, and Scientific American, among others.

Product Details ISBN: 9781665900034
ISBN-10: 1665900032
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 20th, 2022
Pages: 368
Language: English
Laden with entertainingly presented tips and techniques, this informative overview will encourage further exploration and contemplation.

A savvy, accessible, and critical guide to media literacy. 
— Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

Journalist Yasmin (If God Is a Virus, for adults) effectively explores contemporary media literacy’s barriers and how to overcome them in this eye-opening work told via contagion and vaccine metaphor.
— Publishers Weekly, *STARRED REVIEW*