We love the internet and digital media, but they can also make life complicated in myriad ways. Readers really responded to this video series from Crash Course, which aims to help viewers learn to avoid some of the pitfalls of the internet and gain practical skills in evaluating the information they encounter online. This series exemplifies the energy and informativeness with which the Crash Course team infuses all of their videos.
The internet has become an integral part of contemporary life in many parts of the world. With this technology has come access to information, often in overwhelming quantities and of dubious quality. How can you sort out fact from fiction online and avoid (or correct) bad internet habits? Navigating Digital Information, a new Crash Course video series hosted by John Green offers viewers practical strategies for these and other digital literacy topics. In ten engaging episodes, each approximately fifteen minutes long, this series teaches valuable skills and techniques for evaluating online information in a way that helps viewers become more critically conscious of the digital material they consume. All who use the internet could likely benefit from this course because, as Green notes in the series preview, "Everyone is susceptible to being misled online, and anyone who believes themselves to be somehow immune to misinformation is, in fact, especially susceptible to it." This series will be of value to educators, students, and the general public alike. Launched in March 2019, Navigating Digital Information was produced as part of the MediaWise initiative, a project of the Poynter Institute, in partnership with the Stanford History Education Group with funding from Google.