Scott Dikkers on Fake News
Before the talk, do some research on Scott Dikkers. What is one surprising fact you learned about him? Does this help you provide context for his talk?
While looking more into how Scott Dikker began his career in writing, I found out that he started his career in newspaper through comic strips. He created his own strip called, “Jim’s Journal.”
Pay attention to the scene as Scott talks during his lecture. What do you notice? Take a photo and include it in your post as well.
Upon arrival, I scoped the audience to feel out the crowd that Scott Dikkers had attracted. I saw people ranging from high school students to senior citizens throughout the ballroom. I noticed that the audience payed close attention to Scott, they also let out belts of laughter at any jokes or witty cue he made. When Scott would use satire I was surprised at the amount of older members that cried tears of laughter. Scott created a very comfortable setting that the majority of the room did not question laughing at any of his most outrageous comments.
Write down something Scott says and fact check it. Is he right? Wrong? Somewhere in between?
Scott discussed the major effects of methane gas in the world due to industrial farming. He stated that it was one of the top perpetrators of global warming created by humans. While researching this fact I came to find that he was very correct. A fact provided by dosomething.org stated, “Factory farming accounts for 37% of methane (CH4) emissions, which has more than 20 times the global warming potential of CO2.”
Summarize in a paragraph the point of the talk.
This talk taught me the large difference between fake news and satire. The Onion is built upon writers that write for comedic humor, fakes news is created to get buzz from readers. Scott discussed the importance of critical thinking when reading news today. It is our job as readers to support work that ensures critical thinking. He continued on to share that us readers are placing the buzz on fake news and creating the revenue that goes along with. By supporting stories with substance and writers with integrity, news has a chance to become real news again.
Now write a headline that summarizes the talk.
Dikker Distinguishes ‘Fake News’ and Facts
At the end of his talk, find someone at the event that you don’t already know and ask them what stood out to them the most. Include their full name and major or profession.
I spoke with Meg Flynn a junior in Marquette’s education program. She found it very interesting to see Dikkers talk about the media on such a serious level and how made a point to stress the importance of the voice of readers today.
What did this teach you about media writing?
Scott Dickkers taught me that writing it more about getting an audience. Every human is a given a voice but how we choose to use it is where the value comes in. If I want to use my voice to its best ability I need to use it with the courage to make a change in the world.
What was most useful to you about this experience?
This experience taught about the importance of upholding one’s credibility in the world. What we make of our voice and actions, create who a person is and will be remembered by.