The Purpose of the Research
In this unit, we chose three different news articles from three different news sources to research in order to determine which article was factual, reliable news, which article was fake news, and which article was opinionated/biased. The purpose of this research was to be able to practice identifying which articles/sources were reliable and factual, and which articles were not. This skill is an extremely important one to have in today's society, as information is constantly being posted online or on social media platforms, and not all of it is trustworthy. It is very easy for one idea that is not fact-based to be passed along extremely quickly, making it appear to be factual. However, not everything that is posted online is true, and research shows that the current generations are having a harder and harder time differentiating fake news from factual news.
The Topics That I Chose to Research
I chose to research two articles that were about Trump's wiretap accusations, and one article allegedly describing the discovery of blind, zombie-like Disney characters under Space Mountain. The first article that I read about Trump's wiretap accusations was written by Occupy Democrats. The second article that I read about this issue was published by the New York Times. Lastly, the article that I read about the zombie-like characters living under Space Mountain was published by The Onion, a news source famous for satire.