For Individuals and Groups:
- The FCC is there for the people. Complain to the FCC either
Online: consumer complaints.fcc.gov or
Phone: 888-225-5322 or mail them:
Federal Communications Commission
Consumer and Governmental Affairs
Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Bureau Division
445 12th St.
Southwest Washington DC 20544
- Support independent media.
- Speak up. Don't let someone spouting lies or hatred be the loudest voice in the room.
- Ask business owners to turn off Fox "News". #FoxIsNotNews #FoxOff ZERO TOLERANCE.
- If you belong to a group, emphasize that media needs to be a huge part of the discussion. Without change in media, there won't likely be change in your issue.
- Contact your local station and demand an end to hate speech and fake news.
- Boycott advertisers or threaten to. Check out #StopRush
- Use fact checking websites and educate yourself on how to talk to people. Arrange a workshop with HearYourselfThink.org
- Talk to as many people as you can about the role that right-wing media has played in dividing our country and families.
- Form your own little media watchdog group.
- Get as many people (especially young people) to watch THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD.
Solutions being talked about by Stephan Lewandowsky, Ullrich Ecker and John Cook:
- Technocognition: Designing technology in a way that minimizes the impact of misinformation.
- Establish an international non-governmental organization that would create a rating system for disinformation, such as Climate Feedback, Snopes and Politifact.
- Convey these rulings via technology. For example, Facebook could flag an article that's based on face information as an unreliable source and Google could give more weight in returning factually accurate news and information at the top of its search results lists.
- Inoculation Technique:
- Explaining the logical fallacy underpinning a myth. for instance show how an ideologically-friendly article has used fake experts. People don't like being tricked.
- Enact a new Fairness Doctrine and extend it beyond TV and radio to cover the Internet.
- Restore the Telecommunications Act to limit media consolidation.
- Broadcasters should be required to clearly label news and commentary. For instance, Fox News should not be allowed to call themselves news.
- Push for Media Literacy and critical thinking to be taught in schools.