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This tutorial is a quick run-through of some examples of bias online.
Bias: (From American Heritage Dictionary)
Let's see some biased websites!
You might be inclined to trust it because:
Let's take a closer look....
Look at the logo and information for a minute to figure out the purpose of the website and then answer the question below:
What is the main goal of this website?
Is this a biased website? Of course it is! Some of the information may be correct, but you can't trust it as an objective source about the Amish because its main purpose is to convert them.
Let's take a look at another site.
You found this site that seems to explain a bit about it. Click the link to open it in the window to the right.
Should you use it? Take a look on the right:
Let's check further.
Take a look at more information like the Supporting Organizations:
Read the names of the supporting organizations. What types of organizations are providing funding for this website?
Would you trust energy companies to publish unbiased information about fracking?
No, it's how they're making money!
Let's see another example...
Take a look at this website about bottled water. Click the link to open it in the window to the right.
You're writing a paper about whether or not bottled water is safer than tap water.
It looks okay:
Let's take a closer look...
Take a closer look at ads and sponsors:
Lots of websites have ads. Does this mean it's not trustworthy?
When someone is trying to sell you a product you can't assume the information is reliable!
These are just some common ways websites can be untrustworthy.
Always take a closer look!
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