The goal of this discussion is to reflect on and discusses the issues related to fake news. This discussion board is meant to add on to our work in-class while allowing you the space to think about how these concepts, ideas, and theories apply to real world examples and experiences.
In your initial post to this discussion board, you should do the following:
- Find an example of what you consider to be a fake news story and post the link to it in your initial post.
- Under the link, answer the following questions:
- What leads you to label it as “fake news”? That is, how do you know it is fake news?
- How do you see this example of fake news relating to our course discussions about:
- Social media?
- The death of journalism?
- Echo chambers?
Your initial post must contain references back to the course material (i.e. lectures, term sheets) to explain your answer. This reference should follow a proper citation format (e.g. APA or MLA). Initial posts should be at least 250 words, and should follow academic English writing guidelines (see this sitefor more information).
After your initial post, you should respond to two classmates in a way that adds to the discussion. Adding to the discussion means that you respond in a way that could allow the conversation to go off into a new direction. Try using these prompts to help structure your responses:
- Did you agree with your classmate, and how so?
- Did you disagree with your classmate, and how so?
- Do you have any questions for your classmate?
- Do you have any suggestions for your classmate?
Initial posts will be due by Friday at 11:59pm, and responses to classmates will be due that Sunday at 11:59pm.
Note: the discussion here should follow commonly established netiquette rules, meaning any personal attacks (e.g. trolling, flaming, name-calling, and so forth) will result in the perpetrator receiving a 0 for this assignment.