Logically, if something is broken, people tend to throw them away. However at the Oak Park Fix-it Cafe, they are trying to change that tradition.
The term “fake news” has become more recognized than ever before with misinformation spreading on social media networks like Facebook, President Trump’s incessant false accusations and claims, and late reports of Russian hackers influencing the 2016 election. During December 2016, an online survey concluded that approximately 55% of 1,605 respondents recognized that they have consumed fake news more than once. Many American citizens have decided to take responsibility for their own consumption of information to combat the spread of fake news.
Many people are looking for plausible methods to combating fake news in their lives. The Project for an Informed Electorate at California State University, Sacramento has even created a guide to help people spot it:
1. Check the source. Have you heard of it? Is it referenced by other credible sources? Is there an author listed?
2. Is it a joke? If it’s too wacky, it may be satire.
3. Do some detective work. Do they reference reputable institutions or varying viewpoints? Do they interview multiple sources?
4. Consult the experts: Politifact.com, FactCheck.org, and Snopes.com.
5. Put yourself in their shoes. If the article was saying the same thing about your side, would it sound ridiculous?
6. Check your biases. Is the article objective? Is the content trying to evoke emotion?
Sometimes, people will actively search for evidence to confirm their own beliefs or theories, otherwise known as confirmation bias. This practice of interpreting evidence has been labeled as dangerous because it ruins constructive communication between people of opposing views.
“I do fear the encapsulation of options and ideas within social media,” said Lilia Luciano, an ABC10 Investigative Reporter, at a Sacramento Central Library panel discussion about fake news. “When we surround ourselves with like-minded people or people who share the same opinion, that reinforces the confirmation bias, reinforces our ideas.”
Considering the vast amount of information in social media and on the Internet and without any knowledge or training, many wonder how young adults or children will combat fake news. According to Erin McNeill, founder and president of Media Literacy Now (MLN), media literacy is a viable solution. According to MLN, media literacy is the ability to think critically about media messages as well as to create messages using media. Many people believe teaching media literacy to young people is necessary because kids actually don’t have the adequate knowledge or skills to do so. In November 2016, Stanford researchers reported that middle school, high school, and college level students had difficulty judging the credibility of information online. According to the National Association for Media Literacy Education, an organization dedicated to expanding media education, media literacy skills can help youth:
1. Develop critical thinking skills.
2. Understand how media messages shape our culture and society.
3. Identify target marketing strategies.
4. Recognize what the media maker wants us to believe or do.
5. Name the techniques of persuasion used.
6. Recognize bias, spin, misinformation, and lies.
7. Discover the parts of the story that are not being told.
8. Evaluate media messages based on our own experiences, skills, beliefs, and values.
9. Create and distribute our own media messages.
10. Advocate for a changed media system.
Fake news and possibly the lack of media literacy played a role in the 2016 election and are present in our form of politics today but many people are now aware of this and are creating solutions to combat it.
DO/LOVE/LIVE hosted a Veterans Day Community Party at McKinley Park and AccessLocal.TV was there to relay the ambitions and thoughts of two organizers.
It took four overtimes for Del Campo to squeeze past Sacramento 49-48 in a Div. 2 CIF-Sac-Joaquin Section Quarterfinal football game during Access Sacramento’s Game of the Week.
Announcers Will James and Jim Dimino all the highlights:
Replays of this game are scheduled for Tues. Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., Wed. Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. and Thurs. Nov. 23 at 3 a.m. on Access Sacramento, Comcast or Consolidated Communications channel 17, AT&T channel 14 or streaming from AccessSacramnto.org.
What does the new Gender Recognition Act mean for California
For many of us socialization, our family and school taught us about the gender binary. We learned to categorize people into a box: either you are female or male. Girl or boy. Feminine or masculine. Pink or blue. On the surface, the gender binary helps us make sense of the world in simplistic black-or-white terms; however, boxing gender into just two categories doesn’t allow for the exploration or freedom for one to discover one’s individual gender expression and identity.
Think about it – How many times have we taught our young children to stay within their gender lanes? Multiple studies have shown that when interacting with babies as young as 3 months old, adults play with babies differently based on the babies’ perceived gender (look up the Baby X experiment). “Boys aren’t supposed to play with dolls. Nice girls don’t run around and roll around in the dirt. Boys will be boys. Nice girls behave.” What’s wrong with these statements, you ask?
Not only are we constricting and imposing gender roles on impressionable and malleable children, we are not allowing our children to explore and express who they really are. We are also teaching our children to be intolerant of differences. While at times the gender binary can be confining, in other times, the gender binary can have even more insidious effects.
If we dig deeper into the gender binary, we find that gender norms often go hand in hand. For example, female-identified individuals are expected to be feminine, soft, nurturing, submissive, and uphold purity. Male-identified folks are held to a masculine, assertive, action-oriented, dominating standard. On the surface, these are harmless generalizations but upon closer inspection, they can breed toxic masculinity and patriarchy that oppresses women and men alike.
It is not a coincidence that transgender women are at very high risk of homicide and suicide in the U.S. For people who have wholly invested their identity on the gender binary, when they encounter people who do not prescribe to the same ideals, it can cause people to be confused, scared, or act out violently and aggressively to nonbinary people who are simply trying to live their authentic lives. There are whole courses in college dedicated to this topic that this article can hardly scratch the surface of. Embracing the concept of non-binary gender expressions is just one way of disintegrating the gender binary.
According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, non-binary gender is defined as a someone whose gender expression does not fit neatly into being either male or female. Under the umbrella of non-binary gender expression, a person can identify as being a mix of female and male or fluctuating between male and female at any given moment and many more nuanced expressions. There are numerous terms to describe this spectrum, such as agender, genderqueer, genderfluid, and bigender. These terms are not necessarily interchangeable and the differences may be subtle but important. It is crucial to note that although some transgender and intersex people may identify as non-binary, it does not mean the same thing and not all identify as such.
This idea of non-binary gender is not new, not something created by the young whippersnappers of today’s generation, and not a phase. Being nonbinary has been recognized by Native American cultures since the dawn of time and have been given a name – Two Spirit. In fact, most Native American cultures recognize 5 genders – female, male, Two Spirit female, Two Spirit male, and transgender. In the Native American culture, parents give their children gender-neutral clothing from birth to encourage them to form their own gender expression and identity. Community members revered Two Spirit people because they were perceived as wiser for being able to tap into both masculine and feminine perspectives.
I’d like to think that some regions in our country, specifically California, are slowly changing to more inclusive practices for the better. In October of this year, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into effect the Gender Recognition Act, which will allow transgender, non-binary, and intersex individuals to update their gender on state-issued identification documentation to a third gender – non-binary. This includes California state-issued IDs, driver’s licenses, birth certificates.
The Gender Recognition Act will streamline the process to make it easier for individuals to change their gender on legal documentation by bypassing the requirement to obtain a sworn statement from a physician confirming that they have gone through clinical treatment. The law also allows minors to update the gender on their birth certificate with parental permission. The Gender Recognition Act will go into effect in 2019.
So how can you be a good ally to the non-binary community? If this is your first encounter with the non-binary community and you are confused, that is okay and understandable. The great news is you don’t need to have full comprehension of the gender spectrum to be a respectful human being. A good rule of thumb is to never assume someone’s gender. You can respectfully inquire about someone’s gender by asking for their gender pronouns. Introduce yourself and your pronouns and then ask them for theirs in return. And the best thing to do is simply listen.
On Saturday, November 11th, a group of like-minded people gathered together at the state capital to talk about gun violence in America, and steps you can do to prevent it.
At the same exact time as shots rung out in Texas during the worst mass shooting in that state’s history, Moms Demand Action was organizing a new chapter in Sacramento to advocate against gun violence.
Boasting outrageous statistical dominance on both sides of the line of scrimmage, the visiting Dragons (10-1, not counting three forfeit losses) and host Cougars (11-0) square-off in an ultra-high profile attraction in Fair Oaks for what may very well be one of the best playoff battles this season, in any division.
No other team in the playoffs has more team speed than the Dragons. Senior QB Derek Shelton has engineered a flashy, high octane offense with poise and proficiency. With Shelton blending a premium passing attack with an explosive run game, the Dragons average 46 ppg.
Like Sac, Del Campo’s punishing defense has overwhelmed and dominated its opponents, allowing less than seven points per game. Linebackers Hunter, Ish Cisneros, Ray Aguilar and Markey, and DB Joseph all fly to the football. They’ve teamed for 383 Tackles, with 43 Sacks and 14 Interceptions, including 8 by DB Brouhns.
In the opening round of CIF-Sac Joaquin Section Playoffs, the Sheldon Huskies defeated the Cosumnes Oaks Wolfpack 38-8 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Division 1 football playoffs during Access Sacramento’s Game of the Week.
Announcers Will James and Jim Dimino call the highlights.
The full TV replay of the game can be seen Sat. Nov. 11 9 a.m., Sun. Nov. 12 3 a.m., Tues. Nov.14 at 7 p.m., Wed. Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. and Thurs. Nov. 16 at 3 a.m. Watch on Comcast or Consolidated Communications cable channel 17, AT&T U-Verse channel 14 or streaming from AccessSacramento.org. The video on demand can be seen on the NFHS Network.
Access Sacramento will broadcast the Div. 2 quarterfinal with Sacramento at Del Campo on Friday Nov. 17 Live at 7pm. the Live stream and only be seen on the NFHS Network.