In the last few years, the term “Fake News” has settled firmly into our lexicon, according to Lyn Millner, M.F.A., professor of journalism at Florida Gulf Coast University. This important issue is the next topic in BIG ARTS Talking Points Series. Millner will be joining us virtually for a discussion on Thursday, February 4, at 4 p.m.

The phrase is used to discredit not only information on fringe websites, but also news from established media outlets. How did it gain traction? Is it simply a convenient weapon for dismissing what we don’t want to believe, or have news organizations also become less reliable? With our nation so bitterly politically divided, information is more available than ever before, but facts seem harder to come by. How can we, as responsible and intelligent news consumers, tease out what (and whom) to trust?

Millner, an expert in news literacy, has written and produced stories for NPR’s Morning Edition, the New York Times, and the Miami Herald. She is also the author of The Allure of Immortality: An American Cult, a Florida Swamp, and a Renegade Prophet about the Koreshans of Estero.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, most of this season’s presenters will make virtual appearances and not be physically present in the hall. Participants can live stream the sessions from home. During or following the talk, they will be able to text questions and comments to the speaker.

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