News & Media Literacy: Word/Phrase of the Week
Each week, I tweet and post on Facebook a word (or phrase) that 21st century students should know and understand. (You don’t have to use THIS week’s—pick one from the growing list.) I recommend that educators ask students to locate a news story which uses that word/phrase; be sure they understand its meaning and be aware of the word/phrase when they encounter it in the news or popular culture.  Feel free to suggest a word or phrase to me by emailing me at

Week of      Word/Phrase
January 24  Truth Decay
January 17  Deplatforming
January 10   Mass delusion
January 3      Sound Beaming
Week of      Word/Phrase

December 27   Blursday
December 20  Trypanophobia
December 13  Naive Realism
December 6  Brand intimacy
November 29  Information Warfare
November 22  Targeted Ads
November 15  Lame duck
November 8  Illusory truth effect
November 1   Clickbait
October 25  Wokewashing
October 19   Gaslighting
October 12  Screen Addiction
October 5   Super Spreader
September 27   Long Haulers
September 20   Data Harvesting
September 13   Information Laundering
September 6  Silent Spreaders
August 31   Battleground States
August 24   Belief Echoes
August 17     Herd immunity

June 7     Resistance Journalism
May 31    Digital First Responders
May 24    Patchwork Pandemic
May 17     Televisits
May 10    Disinfodemic
May 3        Disastertising
April 26   “Rabbit Hole”
April 19   “Blackfishing”
April 12   “Contact Tracing”
April 5       “Zero Risk Bias”
March 29   “The New Normal”
March 22   “Infodemic”
March 15  “social distancing”
March 8   “earned media”
March 1   “illusory truth effect”
February 23  “Screen Time”
February 16  “Native Advertising”
February 9   “Geofence”
February 2    “Clout Chaser”
January 26  “Catfishing”
January 19  “Computational Propaganda”
January 12  “Media Bias”
January 5   “Attention Economy”

Week of      Word/Phrase
December 29 “Toxic Cynicism”
December 22  “information pollution”
December 15  ” artistic license”
December 8  “for your consideration”
December 1   “cancel culture”
November 24 “cultural currency”
November 17  “algorithm bias”
November 10  “algorithm literacy”
November 3  Stereotype
October 27  “Addressable TV”
October 20  “news deserts”
October  13   “sadfishing”
October 6  “showrunner”
September 29  “Immersive Technology”
September 22  “Misrepresentation”
September 15   Four Phrases
September 8  “Computer mediated communication”
September 1  “Social media influencer”
August 25  “Artificial Intelligence”
August 18  “False Equivalence”
August 11   “Social Engineering”
August 4   “Truth Decay”
June 9   “Dark Money”
June 2  “Phishing”
May 26 “Cognitive Dissonance”
May 19  “Facial Recognition”
May 12   “Product Placement”
May 5      “Micro-influencers”
April 28  “Twitter bots”
April 21  “Representation”
April 14  “Net Neutrality”
April 7  “Upfronts”
March 31  “Verification”
March 24 “Confirmation Bias”
March 17 “Echo Chamber”
March 10 “Sealioning”
March 3  “Typosquatting”
February 24   “Deepfake”


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