Fake news is in the News these days, so what is it? The term is most often used to describe completely fabricated stories, but can also be applied to a broader continuum of news. Many news outlets will exhibit some form of explicit or implicit bias while not falling into the fake news category. Assessing the quality of the content is crucial to understanding whether what you are viewing is true or not. It is up to you to do the legwork to make sure your information is good.
Fake News: Sources that intentionally fabricate information, disseminate deceptive content, or grossly distort actual news reports.
Satire: Sources that use humor, irony, exaggeration, ridicule, and false information to comment on current events.
Bias: Sources that come from a particular point of view and may rely on propaganda, decontextualized information, and opinions distorted as facts.
Rumor Mill: Sources that traffic in rumors, gossip, innuendo, and unverified claims.
State News: Sources in repressive states operating under government sanction.
Junk Science: Sources that promote pseudoscience, metaphysics, naturalistic fallacies, and other scientifically dubious claims.
Clickbait: A strategically placed hyperlink designed to drive traffic to sources that provide generally credible content, but use exaggerated, misleading, or questionable headlines, social media descriptions, and/or images.
Adapted from the tags used at http://www.opensources.co/
Let's think about the following:
1. Have you ever been stuck in a filter bubble?
2. Have you ever shared something that was considered fake news?
Class will be divided into groups. Look at the following articles critically. Think about ways of evaluating and assessing these articles.
As an example of what the University Libraries provides, here is a link to a search on "hurricanes and climate change".
When you land on an unfamiliar website, open a new tab. Figure out where the information is coming from.
It’s not about “About”
Look past the order of search results
Check the date
Is this a joke?
Check your biases
Consult the experts:
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