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You Don't Need a Crystal Ball: Finding What's True on the We
Transcript of You Don't Need a Crystal Ball: Finding What's True on the We
You Don't Need a Crystal Ball: Finding What's True on the Web
Victoria Waddle, Chaffey High School
A note on the truly malicious . . .
Institute for Historical Review
Other Ways to Check Your Sources
Vaccines and Autism:
Understand that not all information on the Internet is true
Understand why it is important to evaluate websites
Be able to evaluate websites on their own for
Parody/satire can teach you--"A Modest Proposal."
Generally considered reliable, but does have reader-created content. Pay attention!
Your politics will dictate your sense of reliability.
don't lie, but they don't have to
tell the whole truth either.
Spoof--parody and you are supposed to be in on the joke (not trying to fool you)
Reliability and Purpose--more than one issue is common.
Highly reliable source (our database)
but is it current?
Looks like research? Check other sources you know to be reliable.
Do a web search on the editor/sponsoring organization/author/followers.
Who is David Duke?
1.Read the entire (short) article here:
2. Take notes on other
3. Bowtie brainstorm
in pairs. (See example.)
4. Decide in pairs whether
article passes the CARP test.
5. Back your answer with facts.
Does information in the article on the "Age of Autism" website pass the CARP test? Support your answer with your research.
1. Above article--read the whole thing online (very short).
2. Video referenced in the article--watch it.
3. Center for Disease Control (article accuses CDC of hiding facts)
did they rebut the article?
do they have a general statement on vaccines and autism?
4. Student Resource Center Database article on the controversy
key words: autism, vaccine. BIG HINT because this one's hard
--search within results for CNN. Recall that the story broke in August 2014.
key words autism, vaccines,
ALSO name of whistleblower (Bill Thompson)--narrow your research! (Hint: what is iReport?)
6. Snopes and Factcheck
which is better for this story?
look for specific CDC controversy--narrow your research!
Lowry, Rich. Jenny McCarthy with son Evan Asher. Digital image. New York Post. New York Post, 18 Mar. 2014. Web. 07 Jan. 2015.
Andrew Wakefield. Digital image. A Shot of Truth. Focus Autism, n.d. Web. 7 Jan. 2015.
So what. Who is that?
A way to check for bias--mission statements will let you know purpose (not everyone is hiding bias, but you don't know the purpose until you look!)
Your politics will dictate
your snse of reliability.