1. Hoaxes – False claims created by a fake news source.
2. Satires – Gets at a larger social issue in funny/quirky manner
3. Native Advertisements – Ads funded by a specific group to sell something, but published in a narrative form so readers can’t tell it’s an ad.
4. Propaganda – biased information meant to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
5. Quotes out of context – Taking a snippet of a person’s quote without providing relevant information to explain.
• Mr. Quillen said “I hate every single person…” and later said, “I hope they die.”
• While the whole quote looks something like this:
• “I hate every single person who kicks puppies! Another thing I hate? Weeds in my yard! I hope they die by themselves so I don’t have to buy expensive weed killer.”
How to Debunk Fake News
Always consider SOAP!
- Source – what organization/person published the article, is the source trustworthy?
- Occasion – What event or incident inspired the writing? Is it something that easily affects emotions?
- Audience – For whom is this news written for? Does it seem to target a very specific or general audience?
- Purpose – What is the author’s goal here? To inform or to persuade? News should be informative.
- Propaganda – biased information meant to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
- How has social media changed the way we receive and handle news?
- What are the pros and cons of social media?
- What event helped to change the way America handles the news? How so?
- How can social media distort our world view?
- How can you make sure you don't allow your views to be biased?