Fake news is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as, "False stories that appear to be news, spread on the internet or using other media, usually created to influence political views or as a joke." The phrase is so new that the Merriam-Webster dictionary has yet to create a formal definition, though they have discussed the topic, see link below. Stopping the spread if misinformation is critical. The Pew Research Center found that, "23% say they have shared a made-up news story – either knowingly or not."
We love the internet! It's a wealth of information where we can learn about just about anything, but it's also kind of a pit of information that can be false or misleading. So, we're partnering with Mediawise and the Stanford History Education Group to make this series on Navigating Digital Information. Let's learn the facts about facts!
In which John Green teaches you how to assess the sources of information you find on the internet. The growing suspicion of expertise is a growing problem on the internet, and it can be very difficult to figure out which sources are authoritative. In this episode John offers some strategies to help you identify credible sources and take into account a source's point of view.