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Why Do Hyperpartisan News Sites Exist?

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Title:

Why Do Hyperpartisan News Sites Exist?

URL:

https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/hyperpartisan-news-sites/hyperpartisan-news-sites/

Content Source:

PBS
Type: Audio/Video

Overview:

This story is an installment of PBS NewsHour’s four-part series on “Junk News,” and explores who is behind creating inflammatory news sites, and why. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien profiles a leading purveyor of junk news, Cyrus Massoumi, who has hit the jackpot exploiting the trend toward hyperpartisan news. Why does Massoumi do it? He makes a lot of money and it’s easy.

After watching this video, classrooms may engage in a discussion about who has the responsibility to address the dangers of junk news. Is it the people who make the news, or the people who consume it? See support materials below for guiding questions and additional information about media literacy. This video can be played during a lesson on assessing the validity and identifying the purpose of digital content.

Content Standard(s):
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 6
R3) Assess the validity and identify the purpose of digital content.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • examine a grade
  • level appropriate text.
  • identify the point of view contained in the text.
  • identify possible bias contained in the text.
  • examine validity of the information contained in the text.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • validity
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • not all information shared is valid; some information is skewed to sway readers' opinions.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • research information to confirm whether the given information is true and unbiased.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • individuals and/or groups can manipulate information to meet an agenda.
  • it is important to verify information.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 7
R3) Assess the validity and identify the purpose of digital content.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • examine a grade
  • level appropriate text.
  • identify the point of view contained in the text.
  • identify possible bias contained in the text.
  • examine validity of the information contained in the text.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • validity
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • not all information shared is valid; some information is skewed to sway readers' opinions.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • research information to confirm whether the given information is true and unbiased.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • individuals and/or groups can manipulate information to meet an agenda.
  • it is important to verify information.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 8
R3) Assess the validity and identify the purpose of digital content.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • examine a grade
  • level appropriate text.
  • identify the point of view contained in the text.
  • identify possible bias contained in the text.
  • examine validity of the information contained in the text.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • validity
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • not all information shared is valid; some information is skewed to sway readers' opinions.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • research information to confirm whether the given information is true and unbiased.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • individuals and/or groups can manipulate information to meet an agenda.
  • it is important to verify information.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 9-12
R3) Assess the validity and identify the purpose of digital content.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • identify the validity and purpose of digital content.
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • not all information found online is valid.
  • some information is shared online to promote an agenda.
  • all information has a purpose.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • assess the validity of digital content.
  • identify the purpose of digital content.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • not all information available digitally is accurate, valid, and/or unbiased.
  • some users/groups misrepresent information in an effort to skew perceptions.
Tags: ethical, fake news, influence, media, validity
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Author: Stephanie Carver