In short, it's a story designed to help you become aware of how media misinformation works and how it hurts large groups of people. You'll also learn vicariously through several fictional characters just how misinformation affects us.
The story touches on communication basics and you'll be learning how to start communicating better. There is a very strong focus on the Black Lives Matter movement. You will also be introduced to ideas like frames of reference, clear mental constructs, and other communication devices.
The goals of this story are to help you communicate better, to understand how to avoid being manipulated by the press, and to grasp why Black Lives Matter is such an important movement.
This story is meant to ease you into the field of miscommunication. It's been designed to help you understand Black Lives Matter from an emotional perspective.
This is an unconventional online course. It's different because it's around 80% fiction and 20% learning material. You'll be able to intuit the answers to most of the questions below by the time you finish reading.
What is Black Lives Matter?
Why do conservatives dislike BLM?
Why does repetition work as a rhetorical device?
How do media outlets frame BLM?
Why do protests become violent?
Why is empathy important?
How does message complexity affect understanding?
Are diverse friendships beneficial?
Does semantic correctness pose a problem for major stories?
What are the basic elements of communication?
What is War as X?
Do formats of presentation affect interpretation?
Why might empathy fade over time?
How does geographic clustering of voters affect political opinions?
Do our online personas define our actions?
How do frames of reference affect meaning?
What are some misconceptions about Black Lives Matter?
Is All Lives Matter a bad thing?
What affects how our own messages are interpreted?
If it does, great. You can get started right away. Due to the length of the story, it's been broken down into 4 parts. There's a lot of reading ahead. We recommend a cup of coffee and a comfortable chair if you're going to binge.
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