It was nice to take a step away from gender conversation and into Fake News with Nate Dern and discuss some of the following:
- Due Diligence – do we really know what that is?
- The net worth or cost of social media
- Accountability (always my favourite)
- Those damn algorithms
- The upcoming KnewQ app – gamifying news
- His book Not Quite a Genius
We are always so quick to believe what we are told, especially when it comes from someone we know, like or trust but is that really the best way to become informed? I argue that it’s not. It’s a start but often that leads to just spreading well, fake news. Do we really want to be a part of that social polarization and hype?
While it’s easy (insert lazy) to fall into information and help “spread the word” and it’s convenient, because with all those algorithms telling us what we want to hear we get to feel more righteous in our thinking.
I challenge you to start challenging the news and question what you are hearing or sign up for the KnewQ app this summer and see how good you are a predicting the outcome of the news. Which team is going to win the big game? Who will get indicted? What is the new fashion lipstick colour – wait, that might be taking things a bit too far! But maybe not!
Nate Dern is a writer / actor / director / sociologist. He is the Head of Creative for Comedy Central’s Creator Program. Previously Senior Writer at Funny Or Die and the Artistic Director of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. He appeared in the Paolo Sorrentino film Youth and in the TV shows Boardwalk Empire and Gossip Girl. His writing has been published by The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Outside, Vice, New York Magazine, and others. “Not Quite a Genius” is his first book.