Memes and Photoshop and “Deep Fakes,” Oh My! Whether it’s photos, videos, graphs, or memes, image-based content is extremely successful at spreading and amplifying misinformation on the internet. Images & videos are easily digested and rapidly shared.

It’s also shockingly easy for people to create and spread image-based content full of misinformation and dangerous propaganda.

Let’s examine examples of image and video-based misinformation and explore some of the media literacy strategies to teach our information users. You’ll leave this session with tools, tips & tricks you can immediately implement to help others gain the skills needed to responsibly & confidently navigate the digital (mis)information highway!


Original broadcast June 16, 2021 

Presenter ~ Kelsy Bogan
Hello from Southeast Pennsylvania! This is my fifth year as a Library Media Specialist, and (barring this weird pandemic version of the job) it’s the best job I can imagine! I most enjoy teaching media literacy, utilizing social media for advocacy and community building, and implementing antiracism and equity work into our collection & program development efforts. I’m the kind of librarian who loves weeding, hates “shushing,” and who believes that graphic novels and audiobooks count as “real reading.” I love technology (except when its being a jerk) and think social media is the single greatest tool in our “librarian advocacy toolbox.” I enjoy the absolute privilege of teaching, learning from, and working closely with teenagers every day. There is no other group of humans I’d rather spend my time with. They are the most curious, clever, silly, outrageous, compassionate, challenging, adaptive, talented, fearless, creative, and interesting people on the planet. I see the world differently when I see it through their eyes, and what I see gives me hope for our future.