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Nov. 4, 2018 WIR: What's Up w/ Democracy? Edition

Howdy Patriotic Educators!

Are those of you in the US ready to get out the vote Tuesday? Don't sit this one out! As you prepare to rock your civic duty take some time to check out our great collection of resources to help explore our Week-In-Review question “What's up with Democracy” in the US and around the world? I wanted to keep this focused on powerful #mcpop style resources for discussion. Most are teachable, some will only be of interest to adult learners. Like the newly unsealed Nixon Indictments (not used because he resigned) I'm trimming the editorial and laying out some fascinating research for folks to consider. Some essentials ...
First, the PIXAR SHORT: 'Lou' - On Kindness is important to lift your spirits. It is a healthy reminder that we all have a lot more in common if we take time to have complex (not combative) conversations. After that, my top five pre-election resources are ... 

1.RESEARCH: Complicating the Narratives - My Vote for Best & Most Useful Long Read of 2018!
2. 2-PART PBS DOC: “The Facebook Dilemma” + related articles
3. DOC: New, Important Film 'Active Measures' - esp. because it helps you understand how Ukraine was a practice run.
4. RESEARCH: Russia trolls spreading vaccination misinformation via BBC
5. DOC: PBS / POV on Dark Money in Montana

Here are a bunch of other resources for your consideration  ... 

in Math Educators!
INTERDISCIPLINARY IDEA: "The Danger of a Single Story" in ELA & Mathematics
ARTICLE: How algorithms reproduce social and racial inequality

in World History
NEW NON-FICTION: ‘The Spy and the Traitor,’ a tale of Cold War espionage that’s both thrilling and true
QUOTE: Hannah Arendt from 'The Origins of Totalitarianism'
EXPLAINER: #DraftOurDaughters - A Russian and American PSYOP
RADIO: The confusing information landscape that is Putin's Russia (This American Life)

In PE, Health & Wellness
AUDIO: Long Before Facebook, The KGB Spread Fake News About AIDS
RESEARCH: Russia trolls spreading vaccination misinformation via BBC

in Advertising
LEGAL: Marketers are suing Facebook alleging ad fraud

in New Media & Technology
OP-ED: The case for breaking up Facebook and Instagram
2-PART PBS DOC: “The Facebook Dilemma” + related articles
BLOG: Here's the real danger that tech monopolies - like Google, Facebook and Amazon pose to our society
PODCAST (and paper): The Biology of Disinformation, Weaponized Memes and Viral Alt-facts
BOOK: Computational Propaganda
ARTICLE: Mark Warner Is Coming for Tech’s Too-Powerful
ARTICLE: Google Exposed User Data, Feared Repercussions of Disclosing to Public
AUDIO: "Hackers, Russians, Terrorists, and Fake News"
INTENSE: The Information Terrorists Trying to Reshape America
COLLECTION: Over 22.5k pieces of confirmed Russian social media content in 54 account specific repositories
BLOG: Here's the real danger that tech monopolies - like Google, Facebook and Amazon pose to our society
PBS TV/ARTICLE: Russian disinformation on Facebook targeted Ukraine well before the 2016 U.S. election

in Econ, Gov & Biz
DOC: PBS / POV on Dark Money in Montana
INFOGRAPHIC: 16 Types of Government
VIDEO: Democracy is under threat all around the world
BIBLIOGRAPHY: The Nexus of Terrorism and International Organized Crime

In Media Education/Literacy
ARTICLE: About those official pictures of Donald Trump’s inauguration
PODCAST (and paper): The Biology of Disinformation, Weaponized Memes and Viral Alt-facts
OP-THREAD: On the dramatization of justice & celebrity
DATA: Fox News is the most popular publisher on Facebook
VID/COURSE: Russian Disinformation and Democracy course @ Yale - Teasers

in Post-Secondary Educators
LEGAL UPDATE: Student Borrowers And Advocates Win Court Case Against DeVos

In Ed Policy & Leadership
INVESTIGATION: Student Loan Whistleblower

in Identity: Gender, Race, Sex, SES & Power
INFOGRAPHIC: The Paradox of Tolerance via Karl Popper


Let's remind each other of all the beauty in our world. In case you need some help - here are some world class mixes from my second favorite DJ in the universe - Gelivan (#1 = Gilles Peterson, but only because he's been around longer). I love working to his " sublime 'no words needed' " mixes.

As always, if you found this week’s resources interesting or useful, pls share the love by forwarding this e-mail to an #mcpop worthy educator friend or retweeting this bad boy (click on the date below) …


No matter your party, GET. OUT. AND. VOTE. Bring a friend and have an excellent week!

Ryan

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