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What is Black Twitter

Handbook of Research on Media Literacy in Higher Education Environments
A social media sociopolitical identity, which focuses on bringing awareness to racial injustices and demands positive change as a community to enhance the lives of African Americans.
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#Trump #Fakenews #Notmypresident: Assessing First-Time Voters of Color
Sheryl M. Kennedy Haydel (Dillard University, USA) and Shearon D. Roberts (Xavier University of Louisiana, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-4059-5.ch012
In the 2016 general elections, a Stanford University study found that American voters shared fake news stories at extraordinary high levels about the leading candidates, adding up to over 30 million times. While the primary researchers for this study noted that this number does not necessarily mean that fake news was persuasive, it suggests its accessibility, readability, and sharing was pervasive in the last election. This chapter looks at media and politics literacy for the millennial voter of color, who scholars describe as having low-levels of information, and media literacy. The irony is this is a group most in need of news and information for making informed decisions, as they are often first-time voters, now engaging with the political process. The classroom at an HBCU is part textbook and part bringing textbook to life, contextualizing the past and the present, and engaging young minds for making a positive difference in society.
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