Required: Hashtag Activism: Read this to see how a well-written, balanced article can approach a current, over-hyped topic such as social media and activism.
Now choose one of these two:
Eight, no, Nine problems with Big Data: an example of a critique of popular assumptions.
The Peril of Knowledge Everywhere: an examination of data, pattern recognition, and the role of the individual.
For this post, I want you to concentrate on two terms/concepts related to truth: Validity and Belief. I want you to first review the terms themselves and then look at the claims being made in the readings in light of the terms. Can you identify some beliefs, either explicit or implicit? Can you address validity in terms of how something is considered valid (the process to establish validity) not just why it is valid?
As always, find what you have to say, using these articles as a springboard. Don't forget:
- Identify knowledge issues that spring from the many knowledge claims,
- Offer your perspective and self-reflection (note: I don't want "your opinion"),
- Give other perspectives,
- And attempt counterclaims.
Target Due Date: May 16th. Note: if you read and write in class you should be able to get this done by Friday without any work done at home. Focus in class please.