Fake News Workshop (sponsored by: CIN! & Chabot Library): So What is Fake News?

Spring 2018

Definition:

"Fake news is dishonest news that has been crafted and published for the specific purpose of misleading readers, listeners, or viewers with knowingly false information."(source: Think Before You Like, 2017)

(merely inaccurate or disagreeable information does not necessarily qualify as fake news, as some politicians have claimed in an attempt to deflect criticism)

Digital Lives

According to a recent study (2015) "teens spend nearly nine hours a day online"

(source: Washington Post)
 

YouTube--effect

source: Washington Post (2/21/18)

  • 1.5 billion users
  • algorithm favors links that encourage people to watch longer (sensational stories; i.e., online conspiracies)
  • profits by attracting eyeballs
  • why not design algorithms that elevate authoritative news sources?

Americans’ Trust in News Media

source: Gallup News Services

 

A Great Deal of Trust

A Fair Amount of Trust

Not Very Much Trust

No Trust at All

2016

8%

24%

41%

27%

1997

10%

 

43%

 

31%

15%

1972

18%

 

50%

 

24%

6%

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