“…increasingly we become so secure in our bubbles that we start accepting information, whether it’s true or not, that fits our opinions, instead of basing our opinions on the evidence that is out there.” (Obama, 2017)
TREE OCTOPUS : analyze to promote awareness of students
Hope you enjoyed the Tree Octopus lesson and don’t feel too cheated by me… ; )
How to identify fake news 18 JANUARY 2017 CHIA SUAN CHONG
How can we train our students to be better able to separate the wheat from the chaff? Here is a checklist of questions you can use in the classroom to help students identify whether a new site is authentic and whether a news item is fake or real.
The news site
What is the web address?
- Does it end with a .com, .edu or .org? Or does it end with .co such as ABCnews.com.co or washingtonpost.com.co? Domain names ending with .co very often look like genuine news websites to the unsuspecting reader.
- Does it have funny addresses like UnconfirmedSources.com or http://www.indecisionforever.com? Or slightly odd web addresses like HangTheBankers.com or NowTheEndBegins.com? Or perhaps you are looking at web addresses like EnduringVision.com or RealNewsRightNow.com and wondering why your instincts tell you that they don’t sound authentic?
- The website address alone might not be enough to tell you that the site contains false or satirical news items but it can act as a signal warning you that the news might not be real.
What does the home page look like?
- Does it look credible? Does it look simplistic?
What kind of news site is it?
- In the days before news was read on the internet, there was a significant difference between broadsheet papers and tabloid papers. Are you able to tell the difference between serious news sites and the ones that focus on sensationalized gossip?
Is there any information on the site about the site?
- Check the ‘About’ page or any disclaimers stating that the news on the site is fake or satirical. Eg. The satirical news site The Onion has an About Us page that has a tongue-in-cheek tone that strongly hints at satire.
What are the other headlines like?
- Are they believable stories? Do they seem sensational? Looking at the stories on a news site should give you a feel of how serious they are and how much integrity it holds.
Is there any information on other sites about this site?
- Do a Google search of that website along with the word ‘fake’.
that is obviously a parody, a joke. Everybody knows it
ABOUT INFORMATION EVALUATION
Skills and Strategies | Fake News vs. Real News: Determining the Reliability of Sources
Here is the link to The Onion , the American Satire News Site:
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And now it’s time to go…