About Will Thalheimer
Will Thalheimer, PhD, is a consultant and research translator, providing organizations with learning audits, research benchmarking, workshops, and strategic guidance. Will shares his wisdom through keynotes, research reports, job aids, workshops, and blog posts. Compiler of the Decisive Dozen, one of the authors of the Serious eLearning Manifesto (eLearningManifesto.org), founder of The Debunker Club (Debunker.Club), and author of the highly-acclaimed book Performance-Focused Smile Sheets (SmileSheets.com), Will blogs at WillAtWorkLearning.com, tweets as @WillWorkLearn, and consults through Work-Learning Research, Inc. (Work-Learning.com). Will regularly publishes extensive research-to-practice reports—and gives them away for free.
Oh, he also has this crazy idea to start a nonprofit organization to Make Truth Great Again.
Entries by Will Thalheimer
Brendan Nyhan, Professor of Government, Says Fact-Checking Can HelpNovember 27, 2016 /1 Comment/in Uncategorized /by Will Thalheimer
Writing for the New York Times Upshot column, Brendan Nyhan claims that research he did with Jason Reifler shows that fact-checking can make a difference in people views. Covering the 2014 election, the research shows that people’s beliefs could be changed. Here’s the abstract from the research: Though fact-checking’s prominence has grown in recent years, […]
Claim: Many Fake News Stories Started by Trump CroniesNovember 27, 2016 /0 Comments/in Uncategorized /by Will Thalheimer
In this excellent article by Lee Fang writing on The Intercept, he highlights the many fake-news websites created by Republican supporters. He also puts this in perspective, describing the whole ecosystem of fake news, including some fake news being put out by liberal websites.
The Cure for Fake News is Worse than the DiseaseNovember 23, 2016 /1 Comment/in Uncategorized /by Will Thalheimer
Jake Shafer of Politico writes a powerful warning in the midst of the panic over fake news, arguing that the cure for fake news is worse than the disease. It’s a great article. Here is some of what he says: From an economist’s viewpoint, fake news is mostly a demand side problem. If readers weren’t […]
How to Spot Fake News — Advice from FactCheck.orgNovember 23, 2016 /0 Comments/in Uncategorized /by Will Thalheimer
Lori Robertson and Eugene Kiely of FactCheck.org provide useful advice on how to tell fake news from real news. And here is another article on how to tell fake news from real news, this by Nick Robins-Early, reporter at Huffington Post. It’s all good advice, but how many of us have time or the inclination […]
Is The Frenzy over Fake News Just Liberal-Elite Contempt?November 23, 2016 /1 Comment/in Uncategorized /by Will Thalheimer
This article on Vox, by Emmett Rensin on April 21, 2016, argues that liberal elites have become a parody of contempt again working-class citizens who JUST DON’T KNOW ENOUGH. There is a smug style in American liberalism. It has been growing these past decades. It is a way of conducting politics, predicated on the belief […]
America’s Fake News Problem Predates FacebookNovember 21, 2016 /0 Comments/in Uncategorized /by Will Thalheimer
Jason Mittell and Chuck Tryon writing on Vox, make the important point that fake news is not unique to Facebook. Indeed, its history may be traced all the way back to 1951. As you might expect, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News come into sharp focus as predating Facebook’s problem with fake news. It’s a really […]
How Politicians Who Use Fake News Push Back Against DebunkingNovember 21, 2016 /0 Comments/in Uncategorized /by Will Thalheimer
Callum Borchers of the Washington Post writes a nice article about how fake-news creators handle critics of their dark art. In it he starts with this line: Throwing criticism back at the critic is perhaps the most basic counterattack in the book… He goes on to cite such examples as Ron Paul’s Liberty Report and […]
Nick Kristof’s List of Conservatives to FollowNovember 21, 2016 /0 Comments/in Uncategorized /by Will Thalheimer
Nicholas Kristof recently wrote an article arguing that to enable healthy conversations on political topics, we should all reach across the aisle and seek perspectives beyond those of our political tribe. Many of us, including me, asked him which conservatives we should follow. Here’s who he recommended: @DouthatNYT, @MJGerson, @StephensWSJ, @JoeNBC, @peggynoonannyc, @reihan, @arthurbrooks, @ayaan, […]
Snopes Editor Blames Mainstream Media, Not Fake NewsNovember 20, 2016 /1 Comment/in Uncategorized /by Will Thalheimer
Jessi Hempel writes on Backchannel that Brooke Binkowski, Managing Editor at Snopes blames the mainstream media not fake news for the rash of misinformation. I don’t think her argument holds up to scrutiny — as it’s doubtful that more and better correct information is likely to automatically wash away lies and falsehoods — but it’s […]
Instigated by Will Thalheimer, a regular American citizen, because of his belief that America's political dialogue is dangerously dysfunctional, especially in being intentionally manipulated with misinformation to prompt voters to misinterpret the factors utilized in their own decision-making.
If our inaugural campaign is successful, and we raise enough money to fund a nonprofit, our future headquarters will be located somewhere near Boston.
And, if we grow, we'll look to have offices in Washington, DC... to keep a close eye on those who might hope to bend the truth...
So you can do your due-diligence, the instigator of Make Truth Great Again is Will Thalheimer, and you can learn about him through his websites and social media links:
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