AB-After Comet Ping Pong and Pizzagate, teachers tackle fake news

By March 24, 2018comp-5005, Data science
Annotated bibliography

After Comet Ping Pong and Pizzagate, teachers tackle fake news

Moriah Balingit (11 December 2016)

Paper’s reference in the IEEE style?

M. Balingit, “After Comet Ping Pong and Pizzagate, teachers tackle fake news,” Washington Post, 11-Dec-2016.

How did you find the paper?

Referenced from a summary blog site which was found by searching for ‘fake news’:

If applicable, write a list of the search terms you used.

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Was the paper peer reviewed? Explain how you found out.

This is a newspaper article from The Washington Post and would have been subject to editorial review.

Does the author(s) work in a university or a government-funded research institute? If so, which university or research institute? If not, where do they work?

The author is an reporter at the Washington Post covering national education issues. She has a Master’s in Journalism from American University

What does this tell you about their expertise? Are they an expert in the topic area?

The author is an experienced reported

What was the paper about?

During the 2016 Presidential election, a fake news conspiracy story was spread that Hillary Clinton was using Pizza places to traffic people.

Following this, a man in North Carolina, armed with an assault rifle, appeared in a local pizza shop, Comet Ping Pong, telling police that he wanted to free child sex slaves he believed to be harbored there.

Erin McNeill, founder and president of Media Literacy Now, argues that schools aren’t doing enough to prepare young adults for the digital information age.

“If there’s a few educated people who understand media literacy skills, that leaves a lot of people who are open to being swayed in various ways by fake news and misleading news.”

A report by the Pew Research Center reported that 1/3 of 18-29 year olds “often” get their news from social media, and just 10 % trust the national media.

Sam Wineburg, a professor of educational psychology at Stanford University, and director of the Stanford History Education Group, argues:

The smartphone “has changed us,” Wineburg said, “and the only thing that’s going to determine whether we become its master or whether it gets the best of us will be our educational response.


If applicable, is this paper similar to other papers you have read for this assignment? If so, which papers and why?

This paper is related to the report by the Stanford History Education Group (http://skyentific.me/ab-evaluating-information-the-cornerstone-of-civic-online-reasoning/).

If applicable, is this paper different to other papers you have read for this assignment? If so, which papers and why?


What do these similarities and differences suggest? What are your observations? Do you have any new ideas? Do you have any conclusions?

Education of people in critical thinking and ways to identify fake news and question online information is important in tacking the impact of fake news.  Similarly, the identification and preventing its spread is important; it can lead to serious societal and physical consequences, such as the pizzagate example.

This question is to be answered after your critical analysis is completed: Which sections (if any) of your critical analysis was this paper cited in?