“Fake News!”: Facts, Information, Disinformation, Misinformation (Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Kazakhstan, Nov. 2018)

Course Description

The “Fake News!”: Facts, Information, Disinformation, Misinformation course takes a creative fiction and nonfiction approach to understanding and recognizing information, disinformation, and misinformation. The course explores the elements of information, such as details, particulars, facts, figures, statistics, and data; the differences between primary and secondary sources including those found in traditional media, social media, and new media; the ways in which misinformation and disinformation are used; a history and overview of propaganda; and the roles of mythbusters, debunkers, fact-checkers, and individuals in countering disinformation. Course participants read fact and fiction, including creative nonfiction from writers such as John D’Agata and Angela Pelster-Wiebe, and fiction by George Saunders and Jennifer Egan, among others. Participants also write creative works during the course, including several new media projects involving both text and visualized information in order to understand how these elements work together in a multimedia world.

Happening Now

  • Kristian Sendon CORDERO (IWP '17) co-edited a special issue of Words Without Borders on writing in the Philippines. Its range of poetry in the country's many languages includes Filipino work of Genevieve ASENJO (IWP '12).

  • Muhamed "Nabo" ABDELNABI (Egypt, IWP '13) has been awarded France's 2019 Prix de la littérature arabe for his 2016 novel, published last year in the UK as In the Spider's Room .

  • Over on  Asymptote, in English and Cantonese, the long poem " The Man Who Lost HIs Shadow,"  by Hong Kong poet and editor Stuart LAU (IWP '17).

  • On fish-paste English and cheddar-English: a long interview at LARB (Los Angeles Review of Books) about language, politics, and language politics with Burmese poet and worker KO KO THETT (IWP '16).

  • Behind the 2018+ 2019 Nobel Prizes for Literature given to novelists Peter Handke  and Olga Tokarczuk are translators--one key among them Jennifer CROFT, novelist as well as translator from the Polish, Ukrainian, and  Spanish. Congratulations!

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