Question: How can you deconstruct misinformation?
Fake News is the news that everyone is talking about. True Fake News is not simply a story that presents a biased point of view or draws conclusions that you (or others) may not agree with. Truly Fake News can be defined as; "news which is completely made up and designed to deceive readers to maximize traffic and profit." (Wikipedia)
In order to be credible, information must be constructed from other credible information. Facts are one type of credible information. It follows then that presenting the facts will "deconstruct" this misinformation, right? Not so fast. It turns out that it's pretty difficult to change peoples beliefs, regardless of the evidence.
To begin, read through the Scientific American article, How to Convince Someone When Facts Fail, linked below. Discuss the issues with your group. Then explore further. You can use some of the links provided on this page (confirmation bias, cognitive dissonance, etc) or follow up on something else that sparks your interest. Each member of your group should be prepared to discuss some aspect of this issue. Use the questions below to guide your research and discussion.
Consider the problem of fake news and misinformation.
For your group presentation be prepared to share: