Alexandra Juhasz introduces the podcast "We Need Gentle Truths for Now" in response to the 100 hard truths

This episode introduces three related efforts in radical digital media literacy that form the content of this podcast. First, we glean ideas from an online primer in digital media literacy, #100hardtruths-#fakenews. The primer was compiled by media scholar and activist, Dr. Alexandra Juhasz, over 100 posts that highlight efforts by journalists, scholars, artists, activists and others who were thinking against the escalating crisis of fake news in 2017 during the first 100 days of the Trump administration. There you can find scores of resources about fake news. http://scalar.me/100hardtruths. In 2018 and 2019, Dr. Juhasz moved the project into local communities and more active engagements by holding over 25 Fake News Poetry Workshops: encounters that addressed the complex concerns raised in the primer through art, intimacy, and technology. http://fakenews-poetry.org. Fake News Poetry Workshops are pedagogical experiments in resistance. Workshops are shared acts of engaged, enraged intellectual citizenship. Workshops are civic commitment as pedagogy. They are the doing of beauty and the living of hope.

When a book of 100 poems written by diverse participants in the workshops was stalled due to COVID-19, a small group of us decided to make this podcast to share some of the ideas, poems, resources, and methods developed through this many-yeared and multi-sited project. We hope they provide some solace, as well as motivation, as we deepen connections and possibilities during our time of social distancing. We engage in radical digital media literacy by enjoying a bite of education and a bit of poetry, creating humane responses to fake news and social media in the era of Covid-19.

Join us! Read or respond to a poem or hardtruth found on the two websites above. Organize your own Fake News Poetry Workshop. Reach out with questions or content @ 100hardtruths@gmail.com. Twitter: @100HardTruths Instagram: @100HardTruths YouTube: 100 Hard Truths

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