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Strategic Communication, Entertainment, and Social Media Tools for Success

Worksheet 3:

Pitfalls, Fake News, Misinformation, and Ethics

Name:

Directions: Complete this document by answering the following questions. You are expected to write a minimum of five quality sentences for questions 2-5. Be as detailed as possible in your response.

1) Do an Internet search and find the definition for the following types of information:

Types of Information

Definition

Analytical Information

Biased/Subjective Information

Disinformation

Factual Information

Misinformation

Objective Information

2) Pick an example of one of the above types of information and provide an example in detail about it. What’s important to consider with this type of information? Is this type of information “ethical”? Why or why not?


3) Pitfalls of Internet Information: Review the following website –
https://www.hbc.bank/11-ways-to-check-if-a-website-is-legit-or-trying-to-scam-you/. In what ways do you agree or disagree with the 11 ways to check if a website is legit or trying to scam you? Why?

4) Strategically Communicating Fake News: Review this website –

https://www.factcheck.org/2016/11/how-to-spot-fake-news/

Have you ever believed a news story that you thought was real but was actually fake? Please explain. If you have not, discuss an example website that looks real but is actually fake. An Internet search can pull up some examples.

5) Paywall Traps

Some Internet websites may seem free at first, but they can be targeted advertising traps that requires you to submit information (email address, phone numbers, make a purchase, etc.) Have you encountered these websites before? If so, please describe that experience. If not, then discuss how you have avoided these paywall traps before.

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