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Just a week to go before we launch "MediaLIT: Overcoming Information Overload," our free online course that asks folks to be active users, not passive consumers, of news and information.

It's not a huge time commitment, but we've packed a lot into this, including guest videos with folks such as Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales, Margaret Sullivan (NY Times public editor), Brian Stelter (CNN), Len Downie (former executive editor of the Washington Post), Renee Hobbs (Media Literacy Project), Joi Ito (MIT Media Lab), Lawrence Krauss (physicist), Latoya Peterson (activist and editor at Fusion), Baratunde Thurston (author, comedian, etc.), Amanda Palmer (musician and author) and many others.

The course is a project of ASU Online and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication (where I teach part-time), and is running on the edX platform, the MOOC initiative started by Harvard and MIT.

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This looks cool. I signed up to audit the class. I never got the chance to take one of your classes at Cronkite. For MOOCs, I've only used Coursera before. What's the advantage of paying for an edX certificate? I'm guessing ASU does not honor the credits. 
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ASU Online and edX are offering a free "massive open online course" (MOOC) on media/news literacy, and this is where we'll post videos from the course. This short video, featuring Baratunde Thurston, is a sample of what we're offering.

For more information and how to register: https://www.edx.org/course/media-lit-overcoming-information-asux-mco425x
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President Obama truly doesn't believe in accountability for massive failure -- by torturers, bankers and now the head of an agency where pathetic, known security lapses helped China get access to an incredibly sensitive database on government workers and people holding security clearances.

Meanwhile, the NSA has laughed off the part of its duties in which it's supposed to focus on defense, not just offense.

And this is what we get. It'll keep happening because no one has any accountability for anything in our government or top business dealings, if they're near the top of their ladders.
Undetected for nearly a year, Chinese intruders executed a sophisticated hack that gave them “administrator privileges” in government networks. Their ultimate target: information on anyone seeking a security clearance.
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So what happened to the days (I know, I'm so very old) when jobs like this were "US citizens only"? Or was this just not considered a security-related job?
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ORD -- just say no.
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Delighted that Gus Andrews is part of our upcoming media/news literacy MOOC. Register: bit.ly/mediamooc youtu.be/iyOlNIFCsQg
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Reminder, our free online course, "MediaLIT: Overcoming Information Overload", starts in 10 days. This course features some great folks from the media and tech worlds including Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales, Margaret Sullivan (public editor of the New York Times), CNN's Brian Stelter, musician/author Amanda Palmer and many others.

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"Trying to understand history by following the news is like trying to tell time by watching the second hand of a clock"
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Most of your data (including your stored passwords) should be safe, but you should update your master password immediately.
Bad news first, folks. LastPass, our favorite password manager (and yours) has been hacked. It’s time to change your master password. The good news is, the passwords you have saved for other sites should be safe. The Intermediate Guide to Mastering Passwords with LastPass The Intermediate Guide to Mastering Passwords with LastPass The Intermediate Guide to Mastering Passwords with LastPass is easy, secure, and works across systems and browsers—it...
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Delighted that @LatoyaPeterson is part of our upcoming media/news literacy MOOC. Register here: bit.ly/mediamooc
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The Sunday Times of London has a story today that is a classic in awful journalism. It quotes anonymous government sources in claims about Edward Snowden that I choose not to repeat, in order not to further spread what I strongly believe is a lie.

How can I know that? I can't. But my hard-and-fast rule with anonymous sources is not just to disbelieve them, but to actively believe that something else must be true when the sources -- and the media organizations that enable them -- are sniping at other people. This is particularly the case when not even a shred of evidence is presented to back up the claims.

The news organizations that do this kind of thing get special contempt, because they are carrying water for unnamed people with hidden or unstated agendas. The Times, which was a highly reputable paper before Rupert Murdoch took control, still had some credibility in my thinking. Barring the production of clear evidence that what they printed is true, they have very little credibility left at this point.
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It's as universal as I stated it....  Spying is a "cold" war between any nations that use such techniques against any other, and a war is a war, "cold" or not, and whether one agrees with its purpose or existence or not, and in general I think war is wrong no matter who starts it, how, or why.  Just because everyone does it does not mean it is right or OK.
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We are so insignificant compared to the universe, its so unfortunate some people dont realise that.

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