Museums Fight Fake Facts with #DayofFacts

February 17, 2017

In a time of universal deceit — telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
That’s where we are.

Washington Post:

First the National Parks went rogue, sharing climate change data on Twitter. Now museums and libraries have taken up arms — or at least typing fingers — to fight on behalf of facts.

Using the hashtag #DayofFacts, more than 280 scientific and cultural institutions are devoting Friday to dropping 140-character truths on Twitter. Many of the facts seem pointedly political — like the National Museum of American Jewish History’s tweet about a George Washington letter affirming religious freedom in the country, or a placard held up in a video by Chicago’s Field Museum that stated “Climate change is accelerating the extinction of plants and animals.”

The political undertone is the goal, according to Alli Hartley, a museum educator from Virginia who helped organize the campaign with her colleague Mara Kurlandsky.

“We’re using facts to illustrate truth about the present moment,” Hartley said.

By midmorning Friday, the hashtag was trending in the United States.

The idea for a “Day of Facts” came to Hartley a few weeks ago, just after President Trump took office. The National Park Service Twitter account had been temporarily shut downafter it retweeted an image comparing inauguration crowd sizes. Then senior adviser Kellyanne Conway tried to explain the dust-up over the attendance by saying the administration had “alternative facts.” Then an ex-employee at Badlands National Park briefly took control of the park’s twitter account to fire off a series of factual tweets about climate change. The missives were quickly deleted, but other parks (and a cadre of “alt” twitter accounts) took up the cause.

That’s when Hartley saw a post from Death Valley National Park noting that the park had hosted interned Japanese Americans during World War II.


2 Responses to “Museums Fight Fake Facts with #DayofFacts”

  1. indy222 Says:

    Wow, from a museum official in Virginia? That’s bold. This is what it takes; especially as museums and libraries have a lot of good will and support from just about everyone. Still, I hope her head doesn’t end up on a stick.

    • redskylite Says:

      These are incredible times and kudos to those standing up for truth. Museums and good encyclopedias hold a very special place and their wisdom and learning is to be cherished. It seems we have entered a different age, I just never saw it coming at all. Even the old Smithsonian is doing it’s best too.

      The time of keeping your head down was in the 1930’s, certainly not the 21st Century. NOT AT ALL.

      It’s kind of like standing at the edge of the pool with your friends in the summer, Thompson says: If you think that you’re the only one who will jump in, you’re not going to do it. “But if you feel like you are going to jump together, then you will jump in,” says Thompson. “So that’s how I think about. We’re all going to jump in and do this together.”

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