"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." - Aldous Huxley, Proper Studies
Fake news is no joke. It spreads lies and misinformation, making for an uninformed and confused nation. This guide will help you better understand the phenomenon of fake news, identify why it's pernicious, and undertake ways to combat fake news.
Having an informed citizenry that can sort facts from falsehoods is vital to a thriving democracy, and we can never talk about it too much. You'll find that a lot of tips from the articles below are the same ones we teach students doing scholarly research: check the source to see when and where it was published, investigate the author(s) to see their credentials, read other sources to see if others are reporting the same thing.
The research skills we learn in college are the same ones that help us become responsible, informed citizens. This is what lifelong learning looks like. Join us.
Lots of libraries have put together guides about fake news, reflecting the profession's focus on critical thinking, and our concern about what fake news does for democracy. Here are a few to consult.
Why does information that conflicts with our worldview affect us so strongly? This cartoon from The Oatmeal explains (complete with some salty language & swear words).