Understanding Internet Media

Checking Propaganda Reliability

Important Definitions

The Media:

The official definition given by Dictionary.com is "the means of communication,as radio and television, newspapers,and magazines, that reach or influence people widely: The media are covering the speech tonight."

Brian Solis , a well known technology critizian added " It is not so much what is called , but it represents that counts for everythig. Social media is but a chapter of new media and the pages are slowly turning to the future."


Dictionary,com states that propaganda is "information, ideas or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement,institution, nation, etc.

It also gives a different deffinition which is " the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organizatoin or movement."


It Has been known as something beeing unfair towards the opposite side of an opinion but according to Dictionary.com states "a particular tendency or inclination, especially one that prevents unprejudiced consideration of aquestion; prejudice."

Propaganda Techniques

Band Wagon: Being Influenced by oders and change in order to fit in.


Scapegoating: Blaiming a problem to someone else ignoring other factors involoved.


Assertion: Saying something like its a fact but it is actually just a statement that can be true or false.


Omission: Keeping part of the information hiddeen that changes everything.




How to check it is reliable?

  1. „ Look at the domain name of the website
  2. Don’t ignore the suffix on the domain name (the

three-letter part that comes after the “.”)

  1. Scan the homepage of the website.
  2. Does the author cite sources?
  3. What type of sites link to the website you’re
  4. evaluating? Bibliography: http://www.edb.utexas.edu/petrosino/Legacy_Cycle/mf_jm/Challenge%201/website%20reliable.pdf