Delving into the intricacies of the contemporary media landscape, students recently embarked on a thought-provoking journey through the immersive exhibit titled “Fake News: La Fábrica de Mentiras” at Fundación Telefonica. This engaging exploration sought to unravel the enigma surrounding fake news, probing into its origins, mechanisms of creation, and the alarming speed at which it attains virality.
The exhibition, meticulously led and curated by the esteemed journalist Mario Tascón, not only shed light on the phenomenon of fake news but also served as a poignant tribute to the late Tascón, a revered figure and a parent within our school community who unfortunately passed away last September. Students delved into the intricacies of misinformation, understanding its profound impact on the digital media landscape.
This immersive experience proved to be more than just a visit; it was a rich educational opportunity for students enrolled in the IB Theory of Knowledge and Language and Literature courses. It provided them with a profound understanding of how knowledge is shaped, influenced, and disseminated in the real world. Questions surrounding the creation and propagation of misinformation were dissected, fostering critical thinking skills and a heightened awareness of the complex dynamics that underlie the information we encounter daily.
In an era where information dissemination is rapid and widespread, equipping students with the tools to discern fact from fiction becomes paramount. The exhibit not only met but exceeded this objective, ensuring that students left with a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted nature of fake news and its implications for a discerning society.