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Evaluating News: Fake News

This LibGuide was created to help you evaluate the news around you, teach you to identify Fake News, Bias News, Satirical News and Propaganda

Fake News

Fake News can be obvious, Elvis sightings, UFO abductions, and Bat Boy are Fake News.  Fake News can also be news that includes false or regularly misleading information. Inciting and relying on “outrage” created by using distorted headlines, dubious facts and decontextualized information to generate likes, shares and profits.

Fake news is not to be confused with satirical news as seen on shows like "Saturday Night Live" and "Last Week Tonight." Fake news is not a humorous comment on the news. Rather, fake news seeks to supplant the news, to sway its audience into believing all sorts of untruths and conspiracy theories, the more bizarre, the better.

            --Pitts, Leonard. "Newspapers, the Answer to Fake News.". Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Sun. (1 December 2016): n. p. Web. 1 December 2016.

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This Is How Your Fear and Outrage Are Being Sold for Profit

TobiasRoseArticleImageThis article written by Tobias Rose-Stockwell takes a comprehensive view of how news today is packaged and sold to the public.  He addresses the emotional spin put into news and why we as consumers buy into it.  He also addresses the impact that social media has played on news.  He also discusses the "algorithmic war for our attention" that news feeds and advertisers use to control the flow of news.  Although a opinion piece it is well thought out and presents a thoughtful perspective on today's news.

Rose-Stockwell, Tobias. “This Is How Your Fear and Outrage Are Being Sold for Profit.” Medium, The Mission, 14 July 2017, Accessed 30 Aug. 2017.


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