How to overcome our biases

Week 2 Discussion Video Resources

Here are some videos to help think various themes you might want to address about biased language and computer mediated communication:


Implicit Bias | Lesson 2: Attitudes and Stereotypes

UCLA Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. (2016, September 9). Implicit bias – Lesson 2: Attitudes and stereotypes. Retrieved August 25, 2019 from

Description: In this video, the idea of attitudes and stereotypes are briefly explained.


Communicating in a digital world:

Morris-Brown, H. (2016, February 1). The psychology of communicating effectively in a digital world. TedX – Square Mile. Retrieved July 14, 2019 from


Description: While Bevan focuses on being appropriate and effective, in this presentation Helen Morris-Brown explains how to be an effective communicator in the online world specifically. Does this relatively new form of communication require new rules or is enough to transfer the cultural guidelines of the face-to-face world?


Online bullying:

How online abuse of women has spiraled out of control

Judd, A. (2016, October). How online abuse of women has spiraled out of control. Retrieved August 20, 2019 from


Description: Actress Ashley Judd discusses her experiences being bullied online and demonstrates how it is a form of sexual harassment and that marginalized groups are typically the target. She invites us all to take on this crisis directly to try to rectify the situation. As you watch, see if you can make links to what we have said about taking responsibility and respect.


A teen takes on cyberbullying:

Prabhu, T. (2015, March 11). Stop cyberbullying before the damage is done. Retrieved August 21, 2019 from


Description: Teen activist and creator of “ReThink,” Trisha Prabhu explains that we are not talking about cyberbullying enough, yet millions are suffering every day. This leads to increases in drug and alcohol abuse and suicide. She has specific advice about how to overcome this bullying crisis. She offers concrete advice for overcoming the issue, which primarily involves signaling to the bully that they should “rethink” what they think and post. Based on what we’ve learned in this class, why might ReThink work so well?


On bias generally:

How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them.

Myers, V. (2014, December 15). How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them. TED: Beacon Street. Retrieved March 18, 2019 from


Description: In this video, diversity advocate Verna Myers suggests we make three changes to adjust our attitudes about black men specifically. First, we should counter the negative images that surround us with positive. Second, we should expand our horizons. And third, when we see something, we should say something. As you watch, think through the moments when she addresses perception, attitude, and behavior.

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