Unspun Chapter 7 Osama, Ollie, and Al Tom Guttschow and Kegan Saajasto BAM! BOOM! BANG! • The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life. ~Andrew Brown • The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. ~Bill Gates Introduction •Thesis •Purpose •Preview Chapter 1 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 You are here. Chapter 2 Chapter 5 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 A concise summary PRÉCIS The Internet • • • • Solution to Spin Full of information Everyone is an author True and False Information Example of Bad Info on the Net • Osama, Ollie, and Al • Message circulated via E-mail • Easily Disproved Good sources of Info on the Net • • • • • .gov .edu News stations Wikipedia blogs Blogs • Personal diary viewable by everyone • Everyone is an author • Can be influential • Bloggers go places ordinary news stations cannot • Verify information Due Diligence • What are they selling? • What’s their reputation? • Can I verify? • Who’s behind it? • Who’s paying? • Who are the people? Connections and Examples READER RESPONSE Connection to 1984 • Winston and the Ministry of Truth • Censorship and Emmanuel Goldstein • Differences from Unspun Unreliable Websites • Wikipedia.org • politico.com/blogs/bensmith • martinlutherking.org Reliable Websites • usa.gov • cnn.com • eece.maine.edu Sample Hoax • “A few highlights from the first 500 pages of the Healthcare bill in congress Contact your Representatives and let them know how you feel about this. We, as a country, cannot afford another 1000 page bill to go through congress without being read. Another 500 pages to go. I have highlighted a few of the items that are down right unconstitutional.” Connection to Language Awareness • Weasel Words: The Art of Saying Nothing at All • Indirect connection • Weasel Words purpose compared to Unspun How to stay Unspun • In Sum – • How to find Good information I command thee to go forth now and be Unspun!