What makes something true?
Conspiracy theories aren't all equally ridiculous. But how do you tell fact from fiction, especially on the Internet, when anyone can claim to be an authority on everything? Come to this meeting with a conspiracy you'd like to research. One that you think could possibly be true. We'll talk about how plausible each other's theories are, as well as learn where to find answers and what kinds of tricks get in the way of the truth. Who knows...
You just might have a case!
Some places to get started:
The Student's Internet Research Guide:
"Read through our student internet research guide for ways to search smart, check for credible sources and cite your sources."
"Don't be fooled by media bias and fake news. Unbiased news does not exist; we provide balanced news and civil discourse."
NYT Article: "YouTube Unleashed a Conspiracy Theory Boom. Can It Be Contained?"
"Since 1967, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has provided the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government."
21 Logical Fallacies Explained:
"What is a logical fallacy? A logical fallacy is an error of reasoning which undermines the logic of your argument." List compiled by BUA University Writing Center.
Links We'll Use
NBC: Leaked Documents Show the U.S. Government Tracking Journalists
CIA Declassified: "A Rash of Conspiracy Theories"
National Security Archive: A virtual reading room...
Panama Papers: A brief primer from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists