READ: Fazio, Lisa. “Unbelievable News? Read It Again and You Might Think It’s True.” The Conversation, September 20, 2018, theconversation.com/unbelievable-news-read-it-again-and-you-might-think-its-true-69602
READ: Why misinformation about COVID-19’s origins keeps going viral
Unbelievable News? Read It Again and You Might Think It’s True.
1.Explain in your own words the concept of the “illusory truth effect”.
2.Why or how are people who know the truth also vulnerable to the illusory truth effect?
3.What does “debunking” mean?
4.Why is it that correcting misinformation after the fact could result in the opposite effect?
Why misinformation about COVID-19’s origins keeps going viral
5.What arguments does the article use to claim that the Yan report is “misinformation”? List and explain at least 3.
6.How is it that a pseudo-scientific article with such a wide array of misleading claims and no peer review was published?,
7.What are the factors at play that help misleading information such as the Yan report, become viral news?
8.Analyze: From what we’ve learned about deliberate disinformation campaigns, which techniques can you identify in the spreading of misinformation about Covid-19? Explain your answer choices, why and for what purpose are these techniques used, in your opinion?
a. Muddy the Atmosphere
b. Germ of Truth
c. Reverse the Truth
d. The Big Lie