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IST 605: Misinformation and COVID-19

An exploration of misinformation as it pertains to the spread, severity, and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bibliography and Citations

Van der Linden, S. (2023). Foolproof : why misinformation infects our minds and how to build immunity (First American edition.). W.W. Norton & Company.

In Foolproof, one of the world’s leading experts on misinformation lays out a crucial new paradigm for understanding and defending ourselves against the worldwide infodemic. Sander van der Linden explains why our brains are so vulnerable to misinformation, how it spreads across social networks, and what we can do to protect ourselves and others. Deconstructing the characteristic techniques of conspiracies and misinformation, van der Linden gives readers practical tools to defend themselves and others against nefarious persuasion―whether at scale or around their own dinner table. This resource is immeasurably valuable because it comes from the mind of a leading expert in the field, and covers misinformation at its core. Not only an examination of the science behind misinformation, this book gives readers tips to avoid falling victim to persuasion and misinformation.

Loos, E., Ivan, L., Loos, E., & Ivan, L. (2022). Fighting Fake News A Generational Approach. MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute.

This book focuses on how different generations perceive fake news, including young and middle-age groups of people, multiple age groups, university students and adults in general, elementary students, children, and adolescents. It provides insights into the different methodologies available with which to research fake news from a generational perspective. This resource is valuable due to its exploration of how people perceive misinformation and important strategies for researching information to find the truth behind the text. The author declares no conflict of interest, and does not lean toward any personal or political agenda.

Giusti, S., & Piras, E. (Eds.). (2021). Democracy and fake news : information manipulation and post-truth politics. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

This book explores the challenges that disinformation, fake news, and post-truth politics pose to democracy from a multidisciplinary perspective. The authors analyze and interpret how the use of technology and social media as well as the emergence of new political narratives has been progressively changing the information landscape, undermining some of the pillars of democracy. This resource is valuable not only for its exploration of fake news which is inclusive of social media impact, but it appeals across many disciplines and has a wide appeal. The topics covered in this book allow readers to better consume information in the future.

Ahmad, S. (2022). Coping with COVID-19: The Medical, Mental, and Social Consequences of the Pandemic (1st ed.). Wolters Kluwer Health.

This book, by psychiatrist and author Dr. Samoon Ahmad, explores both the science of the virus and the lasting psychological, clinical, and professional implications of the pandemic. First focusing on the virus itself, medically and historically, Dr. Ahmad gives readers an informative foundation of the virus upon which to explore the wider aspects of the pandemic as they pertain to public health, the medical industry, and psychology. This resource is valuable due to its focus on how the pandemic left a lasting mark on humanity, reinforcing the importance of fighting misinformation.