The Media

The media, propaganda, internet searching, etc..

What is the media?

Noun



  1. The main means of mass communication regarded collectively: "the campaign won media attention".



What is propaganda?

Noun

  1. Information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
  2. The dissemination of such information as a political strategy.

Synonyms

publicity - propagation

What is Bias?

Noun

Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.

Verb

Show prejudice for or against (someone or something) unfairly: "the tests were biased against women"; "a biased view of the world".

Synonyms

noun. prejudice - inclination - partiality - tendency

verb. influence - prejudice

Propaganda techniques and how to spot them..

Propaganda technique: Down With The Kids
Propaganda technique: Assertion
Propaganda technique: Omission

Internet search techniques

Basic Search Operators

this that thing

returns all pages containing the terms "this", "that", and "thing"

this OR that

returns all pages containing either the term "this" or "that"

"this that and the other thing"

returns all pages containing the exact phrase "this that and the other thing"

this -that

returns all pages containing the term "this" but not the term "that"

this +that

returns all pages containing the terms "this" and "that"

define:this

returns a definition of the term "this"

Advanced Operators

link: The link: operator is used to summon all of the indexed pages that link to the specified domain, directory, or document. For example, if I wanted to know which indexed pages are linking to any page at Perishable Press, I would use link:perishablepress.com, which would return the total number2 of linking pages (in the upper-right portion of the search results) along with the links and their associated descriptions (if any).

info: The info: operator is used to display the information possessed by Google concerning the site in question. For example, if I wanted to see the information about Perishable Press displayed by Google, I would use info:perishablepress.com.


related: The related: operator is used to find all indexed pages that are "similar" to your site, according to Google. For example, related:perishablepress.com would return all indexed pages that are in some way similar to Perishable Press. Hmmm…

How to tell if a website is reliable?

Look for Sites from Established Institutions

Look for Sites With Expertise

Steer Clear of Commercial Sites

Beware Bias

Check the Date

Look at the Site's Look

Avoid Anonymous Authors

Check the Links