19: Digital Connection and Disinformation with Dr. Nigel Haarstad

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Joining Jaymes on this episode of Catalytic Curiosity is Dr. Nigel Haarstad, a college professor and social scientist whose work focuses on technology’s role in shaping our perceptions of truth. Nigel is an educator and researcher in the field of Communication. His work chiefly focuses on “information disorder” and disinformation, as well as crisis communication. In addition to teaching courses on disinformation, research methods, and digital studies, he recently worked as a Computational Disinformation Analyst at a tech startup offering disinformation defense to government agencies and Fortune 100 companies.

On this podcast we discuss Nigel’s experiences as an educator during the transitions brought about by the pandemic and how it impacted teaching, connection, community, and more. We also explore the relationship between community and extremist groups online, and how we can combat the rise of disinformation.

Here are links to the resources mentioned in the podcast:
An open source piece on the Attention Economy. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-00813-0_1

You can find Nigel at:
@nigelhaarstad on Twitter and Instagram

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