When all that matters (in politics) are impressions, emotions and myths, not facts, we are on the road to tyranny. https://t.co/NkfLqRDEhZ
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The News Literacy Project helps students distinguish real news from fake news. Students in classrooms are doing exercises to determine real news from fake news, mostly from viral content spread on social media. Here’s the story from NPR.
Some politicians are attempting to delegitimize real news they don’t like that holds them accountable by labeling it “fake news.” A newspaper in Colorado is fighting back, and considers suing a politician for defaming its reputation. Click.
In this era of fake news, finding and developing trust in brand-name journalism is very important. Readers should view sites they’ve never heard of with a lot more skepticism than trusted brands. Here are 10 trusted brands in the US and the UK:
In addition, the New York Times has developed “skills and strategies for determining the reliability of sources.” Click.
And there’s this chart on the biases of American media sources.
An hour-by-hour look at how a conspiracy theory becomes ‘truth’ on Facebook https://t.co/gze15ien3c
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Conspiracy theories: why people need to believe that the truth is hidden out there https://t.co/y9S7XmQJY9
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Journalist Abandons ‘Fake On The Internet’ Exposés Because Lies Are Still Believed If They Confirm Readers’ Biases https://t.co/8E34eDSYz8
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Many people in this Internet age believe “conspiracy theories” — assertions contrary to facts established by eyewitness accounts or authenticated documents. How can professional communicators persuade people not to believe conspiracy theories? Some of these theories go to the heart of critical thinking, and the need to develop such skills.
Don’t be fooled by fake or fictitious news sites online.