PROPS TO THE KINZEN team for showing me how to fight an infodemic during the pandemic. Throughout my lockdown days, I've been a regular reader of curated content from Kinzen. I've avoided disinformation campaigns and learned to recognise dangerous content well before my online friends.
The Kinzen app and its Slack channel encouraged me to pay for mainstream journalism. I don't think I can continue all of the paid news apps I've started since March 2020 when we were locked out of the office.
It like that Kinzen tells me interesting things, such as how white supremacy and the far-right continue to grow and spawn. I've heard about the book Hae in the Homeland. Reading it showed me how concerts, MMA gyms, and t-shirt marketplaces have radicalising aircrews I've known in the US military.
And gems such as The Robot Brains Podcast fell into my playlist, thanks to Kinzen's curated weekly emails.
We teach digital literacy on the Clonmel Digital Campus and I value the guideposts Mark Little and Aine Kerr have placed in the current media landscape.
[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business for the Limerick Institute of Technology.]