April 2018 – Is This For Real? How to be a Truth Warrior in the “Fake News” era

 Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it – Jonathan Swift

Poor old truth, trying to survive on a diet of plain facts. – Tom Parsons

Consider the Source

Vanessa Otero,  a patent attorney, has been analyzing news sources for a while.  Her chart is well-regarded by people I respect.  She explains her background and how she does this chart here

The Chart, Version 3.0: What, Exactly, Are We Reading?




http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teen-literacies-toolkit   (for teens, but lots of cross-over)
https://www.alastore.ala.org/content/fact-or-fiction-bookmark   (don’t know that we need to order the bookmarks, but we could use their recommended steps)


ere are articles about some relevant research
Fake News: Lies spread faster on social media than truth does
People are quicker to repeat something that’s wrong than something that’s true
by Maggie Fox / Mar.09.2018 / 4:51 AM ET
On Twitter, fake news spreads faster than truth, MIT researchers say
Our stupid brains love spreading lies all over the internet
A new study from MIT suggests “fake news” often trumps the truth.
Lies spread faster online than the truth: MIT study
By Robert Arnason
Here’s the actual article
The spread of true and false news online
Soroush Vosoughi1, Deb Roy1, Sinan Aral2,*
Science  09 Mar 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6380, pp. 1146-1151
DOI: 10.1126/science.aap9559