THE MEDIA

Definitions

  • The Media: the main means of mass communication (television, radio, and newspapers) regarded collectively.
  • Propaganda: information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view.
  • Bias: inclination or prejudice for or against one person or group, especially in a way considered to be unfair.

Propaganda techinques

  • Bandwagon: Being influencedto follow the crowd in order to fit in, because everyone else is doing it.
  • Scapegoating: Blaming a problem on one person or groupof people, even though therecould be other factors involved.
  • Lesser of two evils: Convincing you to make a bad choice y comparing it to something worse when there could be another option.
  • Down with the kids: Acting differently in order to be accepted by a group so they will listen to you.
  • Assertion: Saying something like it's a fact, but really it's a statement that may or may not be true
  • Omission: Missing out small facts which radically change the meaning of the message.

Internet search techniques (operators)

How to Use Advanced Google Search Operators

How to check a webpage for reliability

  • Look for pages from established intitutions: What you want are pages associated with trusted institutions that have been around for a while and have a proven track record of reliability and integrity.
  • Look for sites with expertise: Look for websites that specialize in the kind of information you're seeking.
  • Steer clear of commercial sites: If a website is trying to sell you something, chances are whatever information they're presenting will be tilted in favor of their product.
  • Beware bias: Many websites are run by groups that have a bias,so they might change information.
  • Check the date: Information could not be-to-date.
  • Look at the site's look: If a site doesn't look professional it probablz isn't. But be careful - just because a website is professionally designed doesn't mean it's reliable.
  • Avoid anonymous authors: Articles or studies whose authors are named are often - though not always - more reliable than works produced anonymously.
  • Check the links: Reputable webpages often show their sourcesor link to each other.