Humor and Information Literacy

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I stumbled across this video this morning on some random motorcycle blog. Its been nearly 12 hours and I am still laughing about it.
Bush Tours America To Survey Damage Caused By His Disastrous Presidency

Now, when I saw it I immediately knew it was a parody. This was not due to the content (sadly its a bit too real) or the video production quality (very Today Show-esque), but because of the name Onion News. It made me wonder, at a professional development workshop how many educators would think it was real? In a staff meeting I once mentioned The Onion and only a handful of colleagues knew what I was talking about. If a student stumbled across this would they use it as a source? Granted I know you are supposed to be over 18 to read The Onion, but filters are only so good. How could a student find out that it was really just a parody? After all, The Onion says its “America’s Finest News Source” right on the byline. On the same note how can a student determine whether a story is accurate even if it is from a reputable news source? I know – lots of questions, but they have me thinking about projects for next year.  I definitely need to cover information literacy more.

Joe

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