1)The Truth behind the Nasa Girl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42ogVgE1lOE
I learned that people on social media will share anything without thinking or checking its reliability. This might be due to their need for likes or comments. Simply they share anything that makes them look cool or make the thing they support be superior like Michael Jackson’s Islam or The Nasa girl. The truth behind the Nasa girl shows how can things escalate. Egyptians shared her fake news as if it was real, they believed her without checking its reliability nor truth despite the craziness of this new.
2)Fake It to make It Game : http://www.fakeittomakeitgame.com/
This game make players more aware of how and why fake news is written and distributed, that they will be more skeptical of what they encounter in the future. I learned that people may generate views and profits by promoting fear, anger, and other strong emotions that generate shares. Most of them are unreliable and fake. It is unethical but profitable.
3) 4 Moves and a habit: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1bNodM1qoL6EfBHGYMED3zjSdG3z_jP8J
I learned how to check the truth behind sources and articles and not make my emotions control me. The image clarifies how to control your emotions and motives in a simple way, written in 4 steps.
4) Class Activity:
Will the Thames freeze over in 2020?
Is the Sun “going to sleep” in 2020?
Has the new little ice age started? https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Xa6up60nycz06DYLHRgc86h9YJKA7nN41X5jFiAKXb8/edit#slide=id.g3a74853741c6013_0
These questions were given to the class and we were required to check if they are real or fake. This activity made us go through checking the reliability and the truth of the sources. Which gave us the chance to experiment the whole thing and see how easy it is to check the fake from the true news.
5)Trump Makkah Video:
The video shows Trump pointing at Kaaba and saying “sea of love”. The video looks so real, no one can say it is fake because of graphics, so if someone doesn’t know trump nor Kaaba he will believe the video. However we all know it is fake because we know Trump hate Muslims. I learned from the video that we have to double check on trending videos and make sure it is real not fake. We were asked in the class to know the truth behind the video. We simply googled “Trump Sea of love” and we found the true, real video. Yes it is that simple so don’t be lazy to know the truth.
After seeing many fake news you have to differenciate between the real and fake. So don’t just assume that every new is fake and don’t assume that every new is real. Think of it wisely and research. This picture with Sahel Statistics made us think critically. Surprisingly the facts and statistics made sense and was true.
7) Bad News:
The game makes you be the fake news manager. You have to forget ethics, say believable fake news. This made me learn what might be the motive for someone to share fake news. He might feel it is like a game, by making more people believe his fake news, and he is winning more. You know the feeling you have when you prank someone, it is a good, fun feeling. The fake news manager feels the same. But the only difference is that he disregard ethics and values.
8) American Flag Hijab Girl:
This picture made us criticize why an American girl would wear Hijab with American flag. Is the cartoon picture similar to the real one? Is she wearing the same veil or is this a made up one. We had to check on google the real image, it is different than the one we are given, the girl is not blonde nor white and there are many other differences. So I learned that even if someone slightly adjusted the truth it might become fake as well. So small changes in a real new or fact might change the whole image.
As I discussed terrorism with many foreigners on the Solyia program, I figured out that they have a wrong vision of Muslims, but not because of fake news. Because they see half the truth not all the truth. They see the bad side of Middle east, not the good side. So I reflected this on news on social media. We might read or watch something that makes us believe or love or hate something without knowing all the truth, that might change our opinion.
10) Fake news Statistics (Couldn’t find the link)
We saw a picture with many statistics about fake news. For example 80% of news you see are fake. And we believed the statistics, then we were surprised that all of these statistics, numbers and percentages were fake. So this taught me that I shouldn’t believe numbers no matter how it is surprising and amazing. And I should search it and revise it before believing it.