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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, Biased 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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In the past few years the term "Fake News" has become a cudgel that some use to try to beat you into believing that they have been wronged, that true news that they don't care for is in fact fake.  The information world is moving away from the politicized phrase "Fake News" and turning to the use of Misinformation, Disinformation, and Malinformation as a more concise way of defining the news world.  Propaganda can be related to Mis/Dis/Mal information.

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