In spring 2017, iSchool Assistant Professor Jevin West and Biology Professor Carl Bergstrom launched a new course at the University of Washington, "Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data."
The topic struck a nerve. The "Calling Bullshit" website had a viral effect right after its launch in January; news organizations across the country covered the story; and the first 1-credit class was booked up within one minute after registration began.
Below you'll find some of the news coverage and resources related to the class, including all of the lectures, now available on the iSchool YouTube channel:
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- The Seattle Times ran an op-ed by Jevin West, "How to fine-tune your BS meter."
- Jevin West appeared on Lifehacker's "The Upgrade" podcast, on an episode titled "How to Detect Bullshit."
- MyNorthwest.com talked to Jevin West about the course.
- "Hone Your Bullshit Detector with This Free Online Course" promoted by Fast Company.
- "Calling Bullshit in the Age of Fake News" earned a Knight Foundation grant to tackle BS in journalism and education.
- New York magazine's The Science of Us column compiled a guide to Calling BS, inspired by the class.
- The New Yorker ran a piece about the class in June.
- Daily Kos pointed readers to Calling Bullshit as a useful resource in May.
- The UW Daily wrote in May about plans to expand the course to 3 credits in fall.
- The Seattle Times "crashed" the class in May and came back with a story.
- Scholastica ran a Q&A with West and Bergstrom in May.
- West and Bergstrom talked about the course on the Data Stories podcast in early May.
- Seattle Met reported on the origins and motivations for the course.
- Seattle's Q-13 News reported on the class
- KING-5 News in Seattle ran a report
- The Everett Herald ran a piece, originally posted by UW's Columns magazine.
- We wrote about the first lecture for the iSchool site.
- UW Today reported on the class as the first lecture approached.
- BigThink covered the class as its debut neared.
- Recode wrote about how the idea for the course took shape.
- Stat News wrote about what motivated West and Bergstrom to create the course.
- UW News highlighted the "overwhelming response" to the class.
- The Seattle Times reported on the class as it went "viral."
- The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on the "fine art of sniffing out crappy science."
- NPR reported on the class:
- Seattle's KOMO radio reported on the class as it was being developed, as did KING-5 News.
- West and Bergstrom went on Q-13 to talk about the class amid the initial craze:
- Inc.com wrote about some of the basics of detecting BS.
- UPI wrote about West and Bergstrom as they developed the course.
- Fast Company covered the course syllabus after its unveiling.
- Boing Boing was among the first websites to cover the story.