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Fake News, Propaganda, and Other Types of False Information: Media Literacy Resources

Learn how language can be used to in a way that it affects the way people perceive reality. Unlike real news, whose purpose is to simply inform, the main purpose of fake news is to confuse and manipulate people.

Learn about Conspiracy Theories in Western Library Databases

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How Social Media Amplifies the Spread of Conspiracies

Modern conspiracy theories  are propagated almost entirely on social media. Facebook, Twitter, Parler, Gab, and other platforms are free and fast, and allow for the instantaneous creation of communities that rally around unproven assertions or accusations. In fact, “Social media is the ideal carrier of conspiracism,” says Nancy L. Rosenblum, professor of ethics in politics and government at Harvard University. "Here’s why. It doesn't require evidence." 

Read a short article about conspiracy theories from Credo Reference (below):


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