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The Truth is Out There: Misinformation, Alternative Facts, and Fake News: Why Should I Care?

Misinformation is Real(ly) Important

Misleading and false information in the political sphere is not new, but its reach into our daily lives has created a challenging storm of information that each of us must now navigate. Political strategists, social media, and click-bait headlines have fogged the lines between opinion and evidence, unfortunately leaving us vulnerable to deceptive practices. This guide explores fake news and provides practical tools for quickly evaluating the credibility of information. Analyzing what we see and hear is vital to a functioning, healthy citizenry.

How We Got Our News

Graphic illustrating news dissemination process for most of last century. Previously, news was disseminated from regional radio, tv networks, and regional newspapers that underwent a journalistic process before going out to everyone.

How We Get Our News NOW

Graphic illustrating news dissemination today. There are thousands of new sites (both real and fake) that go through social media before going out to those that have interest access.

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