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Michelle Dean Uncovers Some Truths About Snopes

In the beginning, legendary internet fact-finding site Snopes.com answered interesting yet mundane questions such as how microwaved water affects houseplants and whether Walt Disney was cryogenically frozen after his death. 574 more words

Nonfiction

Snopes and the Search for Facts in a Post-Fact World - by MICHELLE DEAN 09.20.17

It was early March, not yet two months into the Trump administration, and the new Not-Normal was setting in: It continued to be the administration’s position, as enunciated by Sean Spicer, that the inauguration had attracted the “largest audience ever”; barely a month had passed since Kellyanne Conway brought the fictitious “Bowling Green massacre” to national attention; and just for kicks, on March 4, the president alerted the nation by tweet, “Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower.” 653 more words

Point Of Interest

It Is Like Your Mom's Facebook Page

It is Like Your Mom’s Facebook Page

“Can we go back to using Facebook for what it was originally for – looking up exes to see how fat they got?” Bill Maher… 807 more words

Travel

Fact Check #3: Reading Laterally: Occupy Democrats

In Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers, it describes the strategy of reading laterally by reading many sources on the site in question. This allows the reader to find information on if the site is trustworthy and factual. 393 more words

Burning Man's First Technology Guru Fighting #fakenews

The blockchain offers a new world of possibility, not just for crypto-currency or providing disaster relief, but also for truth – something I am… 721 more words

Tech

Fact Check #2: Assassination: Donald Trump's Life in Danger

Scrolling on Twitter I came across a post portraying President Donald Trump laying on  the ground, clearly photoshopped together with the headline, “Assassination: Donald Trump’s Life in Danger!”. 339 more words

Fact-Check #1: Happy Hour from Fisher-Price?

Scrolling through social media nowadays, it’s almost impossible to not see dozens of articles, pictures, and posts about ridiculous things going on in society. Amongst the pictures and news of friends’ dogs, families, and other share-worthy posts, are these pictures and articles that wind up going viral and are being shared thousands of times. 393 more words